The United Nations has described as “worrying trend” the low participation of women in both politics and governance in the current dispensation at national and state levels in the country, especially in the last 2023 general elections.
It specifically said data collected showed that Nigeria is retrogressing in that regard, adding that women should wake up and challenge the status quo by not allowing the situation to dampen their morale.
The representative of UN women, Goremmurs Zephaniah, stated this in Abuja at the weekend during the inauguration of a new executive council for the League of Women Voters of Nigeria (NILOWV).
He said, “Data from 2023 elections shows that Nigeria is retrogressing in terms of women participation in politics. At the national level, the percentage stands at four while at the state level it’s at 5.44 per cent. This should not dampen your spirits, stand strong, collaborate to beat it.”
Speaking earlier, President of NILOWV, Irene Ikyegh, also expressed worry over the low participation of women in politics while calling for urgent measures to address the challenge.