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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Nigeria’s female candidates seek victory despite harassment
Nervous ahead of Nigeria's delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. "Honestly I'm so tensed and scared," one typed. "I feel like crying. This is so touching," another wrote. "What we are about...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
A candidate’s message for Nigerian politics: Make way for women
As she made her way along a lumpy dirt road clutching a stack of her own campaign flyers, Zainab Umar considered the odds against her. In the entire 40-year history of the local House of Assembly here, in the most populous state in Nigeria’s north,...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
The battle to create more space for women in Nigeria’s politics
In the run-up to Nigeria’s general election, starting this Saturday, more and more organisations are trying to turn the tide and get more women into elective positions. Lois Auta’s foray into Nigeria’s male-dominated political space was, for her, a...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Wall of male prejudice stifles women’s rise in Nigerian politics
When Bolanle Aliyu decided to run for governor of Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria, even her husband was initially reluctant to support her. Aliyu knew it was going to be tough once she entered the boisterous and sometimes violent world of Nigerian...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
From where I stand: “Disability will not stop me from achieving my dreams.”
The status of women’s political participation in Nigeria is low, with less than 5 per cent of women holding political positions. Lois Auta, 38-year-old polio survivor from Abuja, is all about changing the status quo. Auta is a candidate in the...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
It’s election season in Nigeria, but where are the women?
Ahead of Nigeria’s presidential elections on 16 February, UN Women and partners have been training women candidates, documenting political violence and advocating for measures to boost women’s low representation in Parliament. Pauline Tallen began...
Friday, February 01, 2019
Women Radio call on Nigerians to shun violence against women to increase women participation in 2019 elections
Women Radio 91.7 has embarked on advocacy visits to stakeholders of democracy in a bid to ensure 2019 general elections is peaceful and non-violent to increase women’s participation. Toun Okewale Sonaiya MD Women Radio during a visit to INEC...
Friday, February 01, 2019
Nigerian women struggle to get into politics
When Nigerians go to the polls Feb. 16 for general elections, few will be expecting large numbers of female candidates to win. The share of women in Nigeria's government in the past three years has fallen to 6 percent and the top female presidential...
Friday, December 28, 2018
How significant are women in Nigerian politics?
In recent years all over the world, a new dimension of women in politics emerged . More and more women have now been entering into politics. Conventional politics reflected male concerns and hence women were notably absent in politics.Welfare...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Nigeria: The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation
The low rate of female participation in politics compared to that of their male counter- parts in Nigeria creates a need to examine the situation in this study, “The role of broadcast media in mobilizing women for political participation in Nigeria...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Nigeria: Women urged to play role in politics, governance
As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), has issued a wakeup call to women all over Nigeria to begin to play an active role in politics and governance. The non-profit organization has,...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Nigerian women in politics: Biases, barriers, solutions
By Vweta Chadwick, During a visit to Nigeria in January this year, the UK special envoy on gender equality, Joanna Roper told journalists 250 million pounds has been earmarked by the British government towards getting more Nigerian women get into...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Kano Emir tasks women to vote for gender sensitive leaders
By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano, The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has challenged Nigerian women to vote for leaders whose electoral campaign prioritises promotion of women welfare and detest abuse against women in the society. The Emir made...
Friday, December 07, 2018
Nigeria: UN Women and UNDP launch awareness programme to prevent violence against women
United Nation Women and United Nations Development programme (UNDP) on Monday launched a programme guide to prevent violence against women in the 2019 general elections. The launch which was organised by UN Women and UNDP took place in Abuja. Ms...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Nigerian women in politics call for gender responsive reporting
In the build up to the 2019 general elections, Nigerian women have thought it wise that if nothing is done urgently, the few women that were lucky to secure their party tickets may not get the kind of publicity they deserve to win during the 2019...
Friday, November 23, 2018
2019: UN Women solicit media support for Nigerian female politicians
The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on Thursday in Abuja expressed commitment to promoting inclusive and peaceful elections in Nigeria in 2019. The Country Representative of UN Women, Ms Comfort Lamptey, said...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Nigeria: Women shatter the political glass ceiling in Africa's most populous nation
Eunice Atuejide’s face dripped hot sweat as she gesticulated toward a group of other female politicians gathered before her. They stood still, their face muscles taut with determination, as they chanted in unison: “No women, no nation!” It was a...
Monday, October 22, 2018
Nigeria must protect and promote women’s participation in politics, say UN experts
GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures. Reports of...