Need for women inclusion in governance

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Nigeria has made several efforts to ensure the participation of women in governance through the adoption and creation of some institutions to that effect. However, the question here is, are these institutions and agencies fully implementing the charters and treaties to their logical conclusion?

Even with the affirmative action of 35 percent representation of women in political and non-elective positions in Nigeria, the number of women in the legislative houses is not encouraging as a result of the patriarchal dominance in Nigeria.

In the elective positions in Nigeria since 1999, it is evident that women have not reached 10 percent representation. From 1999 till date, no woman has been vice president of Nigeria, let alone president.

In 2011, only one woman contested for the post of the president in Nigeria on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party and she did not survive the primary election. She got only one vote despite the large number of women that attended the convention and participated in the primary election.

In 2015, five women out of the 14 persons contested the vice presidential position while 14 men contested the post of president.

Out of the 109 Senate members in Nigeria, women were seven in 1999, four in 2003, nine in 2007, seven in 2011 and seven in 2015. In the House of Representatives, out of the 360 members in 1999, seven were women, while in 2003 21 were women, 27 in 2007 and 25 in 2011 and 14 in 2015. No woman governor since 1999 till date apart from when the former governor of Anambra  State, Peter Obi was removed from office for one month and as soon as he won his case through the courts, the woman governor stepped down to her deputy position.

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