FG Tasked to Strengthen Doctrine of Affirmative Action for Women in Politics

FG Tasked to Strengthen Doctrine of Affirmative Action for Women in Politics

 
FG Tasked to Strengthen Doctrine of Affirmative Action for Women in Politics

Overcoming the Challenges of Women in Politics: Lesson for and from Nigeria.

In a nation, where women constitute over 50 percent of registered voters, one wonder why they have been grossly underrepresented and marginalized when it comes to elective and leadership positions in the political landscape.

The future of Nigerian women in politics, as presently evolving, and can be brighter if concerted efforts are geared at tackling challenges such as structural barriers, institutional impediments, cultural limitations, lack of the spirit of sisterhood among women to vote for their fellow women during elections at all levels, boosting the confidence of women to take part in elections, and enhanced media presence for the women, amongst other measures.

A senior faculty in the Department of Sociology, Covenant University, Dr. Tayo George and three other scholars, namely Christiana Adetunde, Oluwakemi Ijagbemi and Mercy Udume, in a publication titled ‘Overcoming the Challenges of Women in Politics: Lesson for and from Nigeria,’ recommended that the Federal Government should adopt a quota system between competing candidates and mandatory allocation of certain public offices to women on equal basis.

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