OrderPaperToday – The Minister of Women Affairs for the International Parliament for Safety, Peace and Justice of United Nations (IPSPUN, Africa), Ambassador Juanita Nwendu, has stressed that for any country to develop it needs to give more attention to the growth and stability of women in governance and political spaces.

“Studies show higher numbers of women in parliament generally contribute to stronger attention to women’s issues. Women’s political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy as it facilitates women’s direct engagement in public decision-making and is a means for ensuring better accountability to women,” she said, adding:

“As we speak, IPSPJUN is currently in 15 African countries and it’s in the interest of women and the girl child. It is a selfless effort to make sure that all women are well established. IPSPJUN is also in 12 states in Nigeria and over time it would be in all the 36 states. IPSPJUN is ready to fund and facilitate programmes in states who are financially incapacitated to better the lives of Nigerian women,” Ambassador Juanita Nwendu reiterated.

The United Nations Minister made these statements at the inauguration of the International Parliament for Safety, Peace and Justice of United Nations (IPSPJUN), Oyo State chapter.

The event held at Western Hall, Secretariat, Ibadan on 16th April, 2021 with the theme: “Transforming Oyo State Waste into a Treasure Base” and was attended by the the Senior Special Assistant on Environment to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Ademola Aderinto, who spoke on behalf of the governor.

“The state will join hands with IPSPJUN to help empower the girl child, we celebrate this initiative as it’s a great stride towards making lives better for the women, we appreciate your effort to fund programmes and projects concerning women and girl child in the state. The state will give as much support that is needed for women,” the governor’s representative said.

The newly elected IPSPJUN Commissioner Oyo State Chapter, Amb. Mary Ann-Akalo that there was a need to create awareness on the effectiveness of gender equality and participation of African women in leadership to eliminate poverty.

IPSPJUN is an international organization under the United Nations and an affiliate of Global Forum For Peace, Justice and Human Rights, United States of America. The International Parliament is in 155 countries and has been in existence for 35 years but Africa wasn’t included until 2019.

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