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Alliance for Africa presents new publication

The outfit which held a presentation of the book in Abuja stated that the publication is another step in asserting the principal roles women ought…

The outfit which held a presentation of the book in Abuja stated that the publication is another step in asserting the principal roles women ought to play in the political landscape of the nation. According to the organization’s director, Iheoma Obibi, the present Nigerian society has not allowed a fair playing ground for the fairer sex to make their impact felt in the political fortunes of the nation. She added that the book was an academic attempt at determining the different hurdles women face in a male dominated field with the aim of identifying possible solutions.

Adding that the purpose of the study was to get women involved in politics to talk about the process

“The participation of women in electoral processes in Nigeria has been patchy, uneven and confined mostly to their roles as voters and electors. Women have been and continue to constitute the majority of voters in all elections in Nigeria till date. However they have been excluded by various factors including patriarchal party structures, manipulation of votes, rigging of elections, thuggery and sundry forms of physical violence, from participating actively or successfully as aspirants and candidates in seeking elective office,” she said.   

The 44 paged publication is a collation of interviews and experiences of various women politicians who contested elections in the two eastern states specifically between the years 2003 and 2004. It concludes with recommendations on how women participation in politics can be greatly enhanced.

AfA is a prominent member of Human Rights Information Network, HURINET, a network of NGOs working to promote, protect and advocate for human rights in Nigeria.

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