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WIPF inaugurates young women political academy in Benue, Cross River

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Maureen Okpe

The multi- Party Organization, Women In Politics Forum is calling for applications to its inaugural Young Women in Politics Academy for young women in Benue and Cross River States.

The academy which is established with support from the UN Women Nigeria, in recognition of the marginalization of Women in Politics across all political party lines seeks to give a voice to women in governance and leadership.

Interested candidates are hereby expected to send a CV (3 pages max) and Cover Letter (1-page max) indicating how they meet the participant criteria and why they should be selected for the Academy to

The National President of the forum Ebere Ifendu notify the public that criteria for participating includes young women between the ages of 18 – 35 and living in Benue or Cross River State as well as demonstrates interest in any of the following areas: political leadership, political science, international relations international relations, gender equality and women’s empowerment, business investment or enterprise.

Ifendu said voluntary or work experience is desirable, stating actively participating in party politics or demonstrates a willingness to actively participate in party politics following the end of the Academy . Also awareness of the barriers to women’s equal representation in leadership and governance processes in Nigeria.

She further stated the criteria to include self-motivation with initiative to suggest innovative ideas and seize opportunities for professional and personal development,effective teamwork skills with demonstratable experience in leading initiatives,good verbal and written communication in English and excellent time management with a professional attitude.

The deadline for the submission of application is slated for 4pm, 22nd October 2020.

According to the President “WIPF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process and training, and In the selection of participants, stressing that the WIPF is committed to increasing women’s political participation and without discrimination of persons with disabilities adding that well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

“The Academy consists of a two-day intensive training aimed at strengthening the capacity of young women to engage in political leadership processes and in political parties, initial screening of all candidates will take place, leading to selected participants being interviewed for a place in the Academy.

“Expert facilitators will take participants through the Academy’s tailored curriculum with modules including models of leadership, understanding Nigeria’s electoral system as well as media engagement and public speaking.

“Benefits such as skill Building, sharpen critical skills essential for effective political and community leadership as well as career advancement.
Networking Opportunities, Broaden and diversify local network with new connections in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Political Involvement, Achieve a better understanding of political initiatives through first-hand exposure, strengthening your preparedness to serve in political positions

“At the end of the Academy’s training, participants will be supported in registering for membership of a political party of their choice,”she said.

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