Demand More Seats in Politics for Nigerian Women. Support Agender35 Now!

Demand More Seats in Politics for Nigerian Women. Support Agender35 Now!

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Women are almost half (49%) of the Nigerian population but represent only 4.1% (68 of the 1543 elective positions) in the Country today. Global studies show that temporary special measures (gender quotas) lead to an increase in women’s political representation.

The day is Sunday, January 23, 1983, the time is 2.20pm and the Airforce Medical Centre in Kano is filled with the cry of a newborn baby. The typical question is asked, ‘boy’ or ‘girl’? And the Nurse responds, ‘it’s a girl’. Her parents named her Abosede meaning ‘born on Sunday’ and her journey as a girl child in Nigeria began.

She grew up to be a brilliant, talented, and curious little girl that excelled in music, sports, and academics and when anyone asked her what she wanted to be in future, she said ‘President’. As Abosede got older, she took interest in advocating for improved livelihoods for underprivileged people and decided to run for elective office at age 34. Unknown to her, the barriers of getting involved in politics as a Nigerian woman were unlike anything, she had ever encountered and for the first time, she was confronted with the reality of the systemic exclusion that exists in the Nigerian political system.

What Abosede did not know, was that if her parents remained in the Northern part of Nigeria where she was born, her options would have been one or more of the following:

  • 50% chance she could be married before her 18th birthday (UNICEF, 2017)
  • 61% chance she would not go to School (Global Citizen, Okunola, October 2020)
  • 28% chance she would experience violence starting at age 15 (UNFPA, 2019)
  • 25% chance that if she gets married, she will experience spousal violence (BBC, Orjinmo, June 2020)
  • One in 10% chance that she will be among the girls kidnapped while in School.

We need to act now. Join us to get more women elected in 2023 for a more inclusive Nigeria.

We call on Honorable Olufemi Gbajabiamila and Senator Ahmed Lawan and every member of the National Assembly to take action for a constitutional amendment that legislates a 35% quota at the political party level and across all elective and appointive office positions in Nigeria.

*Source of Image: PMNewsNigeria

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