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2023: Candidates must be questioned on gender equality – Saraki

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FOUNDER-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, Toyin Saraki who also happens to be the wife of former senate president, has said Nigerians must question candidates on their plans for gender equality as campaigns for the 2023 general election takes centre stage.

  Saraki, who is a member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, said this in an interactive session with the press unit of the PMNCH, the world’s largest alliance of more than 1,000 organisations for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing.

  Saraki, who was appointed as the World Health Organisation Foundation’s Ambassador for Global Health, decried the rejection of gender equality bills at the National Assembly during the constitutional amendment, a move that sparked a series of protests.

  She said women’s progress had been stifled by a glass wall erected by a small group of men.

   Responding to a question, the former first lady of Kwara State said, “So it’s quite clear, especially what is happening in Nigeria now, but we are going to look at the way we engage with the war for gender equality and we are going to have to exercise our voting right actually. We are going to ask our candidates questions before we vote for them, not after we vote for them.”

  Speaking on the theme, ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’, the activist said African women must be applauded for their dedication to development and nation-building.

  “With the women’s protests going on in Nigeria at the National Assembly, the world has quite a bit more work to do, but I am very confident that the Nigerian woman is hardworking, she may have been disappointed, but she is undaunted and she will succeed,” Saraki stated.

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