Understanding the Extent of and Barriers to Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria

Authors : Akinbinu T.O., Jerumeh T.R., Edegbai O.O., Jerumeh E.G.

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

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It is generally accepted that women constitute a key national resource in which case their ideas, creative solutions and concern for cohesiveness of the social fabric contribute significantly to positive changes in the quality of life and society at large. However, like many world countries, Nigeria’s political system has long been plagued by gender imbalance and discrimination against women. Thus, the study focused on providing an exposition on the extent of gender discrimination in Nigerian politics. From the In-Depth Interview (IDI) of Key members of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), the study established that the reality of Nigerian politics and political arrangement have excluded much of female legitimacy resulting in women’s political powerlessness and low participation in power and decision making. However, amidst the murky shades of male chauvinism in the country’s leadership and political scene, women have thriven, though marginally, in occupying appointive positions.

Keywords : Akinbinu T.O.; Jerumeh T.R.; Edegbai O.O.; Jerumeh E.G.


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