Structural Factors: Obstacle to Women Involvement in Nigeria Politics

Structural Factors: Obstacle to Women Involvement in Nigeria Politics

 
Structural Factors: Obstacle to Women Involvement in Nigeria Politics

Gender Relations in Nigeria’s Democratic Governance.

Despite the increasing global agitations for gender equality, the situation in Nigeria, following the demise of military rule in 1999, is still short of the targeted 30 percent women representation in the nation’s parliament and political office they occupy.

With over 21 years since the Beijing Declaration and Nigerian Government’s signing up to some national and international conventions to bolster women participation in the nation’s politics, gender inequalities, discriminations and stereotypes still persist in all spheres of the polity, preventing women from developing and exercising their full human capabilities in sustaining the nation’s democracy.

In a recent publication titled ‘Gender Relations in Nigeria’s Democratic Governance,’ Dr. Samuel Oni and Dr. Segun Joshua of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Covenant University, submitted that any attempt at redressing the low involvement of women in Nigeria politics will only be shallow, until structural factors like socio-economic factor, cultural heritage, political acrimony and institutional designs that limit women’s political empowerment in the country are tackled head on.

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