The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Thursday in Abuja expressed commitment to promoting inclusive and peaceful elections in Nigeria in 2019.
The Country Representative of UN Women, Ms Comfort Lamptey, said this at a workshop organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
The workshop was titled “Strategy Meeting on Media Portrayal of Female Candidates in the 2019 General Elections”.
Lamptey, who was represented by the UN Women Programmes Officer, Mr Desmond Osemhenjie, said that women had to be given equal media coverage to enable them to compete favourably.
“UN Women remain deeply committed to promoting inclusive and peaceful elections in the upcoming 2019 general elections in Nigeria,” she said.
Lamptey also said that the force of the media must be tapped into in order to change the narrative and experience around women’s participation in Nigerian politics.
“Globally, the power of the media helps to shape and influence public opinion around social-cultural and political priorities,” she said.
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