The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) said it would support Nigerian female politicians vying for elective positions in the 2019 general elections.
The UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there was the need to increase women participation in politics in Nigeria.
The UN women chief was at the Nigeria House where he met with the Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande and the Deputy Permanent Representative, Amb. Samson Itegboje.
Mlambo-Ngcuka had visited Nigeria in July alongside UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to push ways to address the many challenges confronting girls and women in the country.
She said: “We also were in Nigeria to discuss the issue of women’s participation in politics.
“We were also in Nigeria for how we need to increase the number of women participation in politics in the next elections and the strategies to do that”.
According to her, the next step for UN Women in the area of women participation is helping to support the women who want to run in different parts of the country to prepare.
Mlambo-Ngcuka pledged the support of the UN women agency in this regard, saying the men do a lot to position themselves.
“So we will be working with other civil society,” the UN Women chief said.
According to her, she was at the Nigerian Mission to give the Ambassador feedback on the visit to Nigeria.