Nigeria:New UN Report Recommends Policy Transformation, Legal Frameworks For Gender Sensitive Political Process
A detailed report of a National Conference to assess lessons learned on women’s political participation during the 2019 General Elections has been presented to the Federal Government.
A delegation of national and international partners led by UN Women, presented the document to Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen.
At the official presentation of the report, the Minister acknowledged the significance of joint and coordinated approach amongst partners to increase the political participation of women in Nigeria.
The report titled Report and Strategy – National Conference on Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria: Post-2019 General Elections, provides a stock-taking of experiences and lessons learned as well as priority of key interventions that are needed to change the political fortunes for women in future elections, in Nigeria.
In presenting the report to the Minister, UN Women’s Country Representative to Nigeria, Ms. Comfort Lamptey highlighted that the collaborative approach employed by partners and stakeholders who supported the national conference in June 2019, was a noteworthy practice which needed to be sustained in the lead-up to the 2023 general elections.
Amongst others, the report recommend the transformation of policy and legal frameworks for gender sensitivity in Nigeria’s political process, the promotion of women’s effective participation in mainstream and political processes, movement building, prevention of violence against women in politics and elections, developing and strengthening funding mechanisms, as key interventions necessary to enhance the representation of women in politics.
Proposed areas of partnership outlined in the report, which are expected to facilitate the implementation of its outcomes include the institution of a mechanism to sustain partnership collaboration among key stakeholders under the leadership of the Minister of Women’s Affairs; strong partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); and building synergies with other development partners committed to supporting the women’s political participation agenda in Nigeria.
The Minister described the presentation of the report as a historic activity, citing 2020 as the Year of Action for Women.
She emphasized the need for a partnership approach and noted that, “Ahead of the 2023 elections, we need to begin strategizing and we must leverage on our partnership with INEC”.
She further announced that the presentation of the report coincided with President Buhari’s call for the commissioning of the new building of the Ministry of Women Affairs, as his first official assignment of 2020.
The National Conference on Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria: Post-2019 General Elections was convened on the 27th and 28th of June, 2019 in Abuja through a partnership collaboration with key organizations including INEC, UN Women, European Centre for Electoral Support, UNDP, USAID, International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Ford Foundation, Women in Politics Forum, Centre for Democracy and Development.