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Nigeria cannot afford the high cost of creating additional seats in its National Assembly. Sunday/Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Friday, June 11, 2021
Nigeria’s National Assembly: why adding seats for women isn’t enough
Nigeria has very few women participating in politics. Only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. And only four out of 36 deputy governors are women. The country has never had a woman state governor....
 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the Nigerian Senate in 2015. There are very few women representatives. Sunday Aghaeze/AFP via Getty Images
Monday, May 10, 2021
Nigeria has few women in politics: here’s why, and what to do about it
There are few women in political and leadership spaces in Nigeria. Currently only seven out of 109 senators and 22 of the 360 House of Representatives members are women. Ogechi Ekeanyanwu, from The Conversation Africa, asked Damilola Agbalojobi,...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been named the new head of the World Trade Organization. An economist, she previously served as Nigeria's finance minister and as managing director of the World Bank. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes history as WTO's first African and female leader
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former two-time Nigerian finance minister, was appointed Monday to the be the next director-general of the World Trade Organization. She is the first African and the first woman to lead the body, which governs trade rules...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria is poised to become the World Trade Organization’s first Black and first female leader.Credit...Martial Trezzini/EPA, via Shutterstock
Friday, February 12, 2021
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala set to become W.T.O.’s first female leader
Her path was cleared after Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, announced she was withdrawing from consideration to head the World Trade Organization. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria, appears set...
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Diatom Impact pushes for women’s participation in Nigerian politics with ElectHer Academy
Sunday Ehigiator Diatom Impact, in partnership with ElectHer Academy, has begun push to activate and engage more women in the political process with the aim to build a productive, and healthy community. This push stemmed from the belief that...
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Constitution review: Female legislators unite on inclusion of women’s rights
Female legislators in the National Assembly have formed a team to lobby their male colleagues for the purpose of ensuring the inclusion of women’s rights in the nation’s constitution. Several attempts made by the women in parliament over the years...
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Why women are insignificantly represented in Nigeria’s political structures —Tallen
Nigerian women have therefore over the years become targets of violence of diverse forms based on their positions in promoting transformative politics. The minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dame Pauline Tallen said a sexist and...
Thursday, July 30, 2020
ElectHER, Nigerian female-focused political advocacy organization receives $100,000 grant
ElectHER has received $100,000 in grants from Diatom Impact and the United States National Endowment for Democracy (NED). In an agreement with both organizations for a one-year duration starting July 2020, ElectHER will implement activities aimed at...
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
FG gets report on women’s political participation in 2019 elections
A delegation of national and international partners, led by United Nations (UN) women, has presented to the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, a detailed report of a national conference to assess lessons learnt on women’s political...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Nigeria: Two women win Imo constituencies’ elections
The call for women to actively participate in politics has again yielded fruits as two women in Imo State have been declared winners in two out of three constituencies in which results have been announced in last weekend’s re-run/supplementary polls...
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Parties without structure shouldn’t have female candidates – INEC Nigeria
Political parties that do not have structures on the ground should not present women as candidates during elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission warned on Tuesday. The commission said that being a candidate should not be the only...
Friday, June 28, 2019
Women in Politics: Nigeria ranks 181 out of 193 countries
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has said that Nigeria currently ranked 181 out of 193 countries polled in terms women’s participation in politics. Dr Joy Onyesoh, Country Director, WILPF Nigeria, said this on Thursday in Abuja....
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Nigeria: Women who will shape the ninth Senate
When the Ninth Senate of Nigeria is inaugurated in June, there will be at least no fewer than seven women in the 109-member chamber, if the results of the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections are anything to go. So far, seven...
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...

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