2019 elections: FOMWAN, OSIWA train women in purdah on participation in election
Sam Nwaoko

AHEAD of the 2019 elections, the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has organised a sensitisation programme on the roles of Muslim women, especially women in veils, popularly known as purdah.

The two-day programme which was sponsored by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), according to the Coordinator of the programme, Dr Abibat Adubiaro, was meant to inform Muslim women, especially those in purdah of their rights and privileges before, during and after the elections.

Dr Adubiaro said FOMWAN and OSIWA embarked on the project to inform Muslim women, found it expedient to carry them along in the electoral process, saying they had observed that before now, the majority of women in this category were oblivious of their right to participate in elections, an orientation she said had prevented them from exercising their civic responsibilities.

According to Dr Adubiaro, who is a former president of FOMWAN in Ekiti State, ”we want Muslim women generally to participate in this year’s elections and for women in Purdah, we want to tell them they can as well. We’ve gone to meet with traditional rulers, Imams and Alfas to help us speak with husbands to these women.


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