Despite representing half of the global population, women comprise less than 20% of the world’s legislators (1). According to World Bank Report 2016, 49.34% of Nigeria population are females. Yet women are largely absent in National and Local political leadership, they struggle for their voices to be heard in a male dominated society. This is said that politics is a game of numbers, however, women’s representation in political leadership has not commensurate with the population of women.
In Nigeria, there has been continual misrepresentation of women at both National and State level. Women’s representation at the national level in 2007 was 7.5%. This regressed to 7.1% in 2011 election and further decreased to 7 in Senate (6.4%) and 19 in the House of Representatives (5.2%) (2). Also, it is noteworthy that during the President Goodluck Administration, women occupied 33% of the cabinet position and this decrease to 19% in President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.
Now the questions; Are we making progress as a Nation in ensuring an inclusive, egalitarian and democratic government? Do women stand a chance to an increase representation at the national and state levels?
I will leave you to ponder on the above questions till the next time, I will continue on this interesting topic.
Written by Grace Jimbo
1.Women in Power Project, strengthening women’s rights and political participation. www. usaid.gov
2.Opinion: Women Participation in Politics and Decision Making Position in Nigeria. www.thewillnigeria.com