No fewer than 50 women in Edo were on Wednesday trained on capacity building and networking in politics by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).
Mrs Ebere Ifendu, Convener and President Women-in-Politics Forum, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the training was aimed at building the capacity of the women.
She said that it would help equip them to run for elective positions and participate in strategic and effective campaigns.
She noted that the training was also to build network amongst women in order to bring together support groups for female aspirants.
“The objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of women to participate in politics in two states of Edo and Kano.
“It is also aimed at growing a new orientation towards women inclusion in politics.
“It will help grow a critical pool of voters and mobilise more women into political positions,’’ she said.
Ifendu appealed to women not to see politics as a dirty game, adding that the essence of women participation in politics was to influence decision making on issues that affect women and children.
She advised them to network more among themselves to build a data base of women and also to exchange information and ideas.
Ifendu, however, encouraged women to key into the use of social media and traditional media for effective and efficient networking.
According to her networking bridges the gap between the politicians and the voters.
She also tasked the media and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) on issues and programmes that would enable women to know their rights.
NAN reports that participants were drawn from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), and National Council of women Societies (NCWS) among others. (NAN)