The deliberate exclusion of women in politics, especially gender issues being a delicate topic for discussion. Women for long have been relegated to the background and society seems to forget that when you educate a woman, you educate a nation. However, women tend to motivate themselves when they get involved in politics especially at the grassroots level.
Our Culture, Religion, Traditions, Political Violence, Ignorance tends to form a coalition against women involvement in politics in Nigeria, with only 4% of women occupying seats at the National Assembly while the required % at the global level is 25.4%, which can get better also.
Our political institutions have a great role to play in addressing this gap in the exclusion of women in politics. Affirmative policies should be made to address this issue, women should be more represented and not discriminated against.
Women as an underrepresented group should be given a special quota both at the political Party level and at the National Assembly level. The law should also be amended to favor women’s inclusion and compulsory participation in Politics.
The 2010 Electoral Act must be amended also, to allow Political Parties to give room for women participation at least 35% of their candidate list whilst ensuring that no one gender takes up more than 2/3 of their candidate list.
Women should also be encouraged to get involved in Political Participation through Appointment in Public Offices, Awareness at the Grassroot level.
And as Citizens, we must not relent in asking our representatives questions. Because the more we do, the more they are eager to do the right thing, so as to give an affirmative response to our questions.
The more women participate in the political process of the country, the more economic development we experience, increase in democracy practices, a sustainable future etcetera and this advocacy must begin at the grassroots level.
Therefore, Gender Conversation is not a conversation for the female gender only but for all and if we do nothing, nothing will change.