Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Borno State chapter has trained police personnel and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Foundation on how to reduce electoral violence against women.
Speaking on the occasion, FIDA Vice-President Ms Amina Agbagi revealed this during a two-day training titled “Capacity Building of Law Enforcement Agencies on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women in Elections,” which was held in Maiduguri on Thursday.
She noted that the protection of women during elections was crucial to their active participation.
Represented by Vida Borno State Chief Hafsa Baba, Agbaje noted that over the years women have become victims of electoral violence, saying that the narrative must be addressed in the upcoming elections in Nigeria.
“Eliminating political violence is essential in promoting women’s political participation, as it is crucial to intensify political violence before and after the elections so that women can fully participate in the elections,” Aghbad said.
According to her, women globally shared a common feature of marginalization and their participation in politics continued to be minimal because most often they were afraid to go out to exercise their civic responsibility.
Therefore, this workshop aims to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officers and institutions to encourage more participation of women by ensuring barrier-free violence before, during and after elections.
In her goodwill message, FIDA President Hafsa Baba indicated that the participants were selected from the police forces and NSCDC personnel in preparation for the constituency next year.
She stressed that there is a need for the country’s political classes to preach and embrace peace despite political differences.
Speaking during the training, NSCDC State Commander Musa Umar Farooq thanked the organizers for timely training of the staff, and promised them the support of other security agencies to ensure free and fair elections in the state.
Police, NSCDC receive training on reducing electoral violence against women