#IStandWithHer - 2019 Female Political Aspirants Session

otahelp
Posted December 9, 2019 from Nigeria
2019 female political aspirants
2019 female political aspirants (1/1)

It was a bright Monday afternoon on 2nd December 2019 being the 8th day of the #16daysActivism. OLPHI in partnership with Flying Eagles women Development Initiatives had a session with some women that aspired into the hallowed chambers of Imo State House of Assembly. It was really fun sitting with them. So many of them did not turn up because it was a Monday, the 1st day of the week.

We had Eight (7) ladies in attendance and 1 man who accompanied one of the ladies but was willing to be part of the discussion.

It happens that so many of them have not heard about 16days Activism so we briefed them on reasons behind the establishment of United Nations days of Activism which is primarily to reduce Gender Based Violence. We talked about World Pulse and what it is like being on the platform. I took them through the signing in process. I am looking forward to reading their stories soon if they keep to their words.

We had a wonderful experience sharing on how they fared pre, during and post elections.

All issues working against women in politics played out against them – Patriarchy, lack of huge financial base to influence voters, psychological violence – of coercion to give up their mandate to certain men, hate speech and degradation, sexual violence by party men who wants to have carnal knowledge of them before they will support them and physical violence during collation of results. They were not allowed into the collation centres, and to make sure they did not see the collated results they were told to go home and come back to the next morning. By the time, they got to the collating centre, the results have been moved, so they could not follow up on their results except to hear it when they were announced.

Another shared that we should take up a serious campaign to re-orient our women since the majority of voters are women, if we succeed in obtaining a behavioural change on the attitude and mindset of women on why women should have more representatives in community, local government, state and federal government it will be a work over in 2023. So the work towards women representation in 2023 election starts now.

We will actually need fund because lack of economic resources also was a major setback to women winning the elections. There was massive voting buying and selling on that day. The women you have assisted in one way or the day (even given them financial assistance) will still demand money on the day of the election which was what played majorly against women on the election day proper.

Good news that came out was that they obtained their nomination forms free across the parties but they had to travel to the Nation’s capital of Abuja to pick up those forms.

Another success story was shared by one of the aspirants (Hon. Victoria) shared what worked for her,  when we were looking at what we could do differently considering that women are still under represented.  She told us that she is new in politics and have not been residing in her local community for a long time before the elections. But what worked for her was the skill acquisition training she organised majorly for the women. That little free training on liquid soap making, disinfectant and bleach endeared her to so many people and those women voted for her en masse.

So way forward, we agreed to carry out massive skill acquisition training in different local government areas according to what they women will want to learn and also build their capacity through experience sharing on what works for them in their community by way of unburdening themselves. We also agreed on mindset change through community campaigns leveraging on existing women platforms in the local communities and the urban communities.

All in all they adopted #IStandWithHer as our new platform slogan.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hello, again, dear Otahelp,

Wow! You really got busy and productive! Congratulations again on the success of these activities and on forming connections. We stand with you! Thank you for sharing!

otahelp
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

in sisterhood we shall continue. thank you very much for your kind words. surely we got real busy this period. we are in these together and our collective efforts is key

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

You're welcome, dear sister. Yes, we stand with you! Have a great weekend!

Lisbeth
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Hi Otahelp,
Wow, a big congrats on your success. How are you doing? I can guess you are so very fine ha.
Have a great week ahead.
Regards

otahelp
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Lisabeth i am really overwhelmed that you have already read my post, thank you for all your encouragement. i am great and trust you are too.

Lisbeth
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

I am doing fine to by grace.
Regards

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

dear Lisabeth, thank you very much my dear for always encouraging us all the way. i love you too. #IStandWithHer

Lisbeth
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

You are welcome dear :-)
Have a great weekend.
Regards

Anita Shrestha
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Dear SIs
Thank you for sharing

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

i appreciate your time Anita

Asaad Ali
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Well done sister Otahelp.
As this activities very important for women to achive their right together .
Thank you for sharing.

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

/Assad you are great too encouraging us all the time. Sometimes i feel i do not write well for people to read my story but you guys keep reading and leaving comments. thank you very much

Asaad Ali
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

You are welcome sister , surely i will .
Thank you .

Jill Langhus
Dec 11, 2019
Dec 11, 2019

Hi Ota,

Thanks for sharing your amazing and ambitious update! You've been busy. Great job! I'm looking forward to hearing more about the training that you referred to. Keep up the great work, dear, and please take it easy on yourself:-)

XX

otahelp
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Yes Jill by the time we had another meeting in January we will establish our modalities and approaches and for sure i will share with us her. hope that other members who have signed in will also share their stories. thank you for always reading inbetween the lines

Jill Langhus
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Great to hear! Are you going to have some down time, dear?

You're very welcome, dear.

Hope you're having a good weekend!

XX