Tuesday, July 21, 2020 / 09:40 AM /WIMBIZ /Header Image Credit: WIMBIZ
Communique Issued by Women in Management Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) Advocating for the Increased Representation of Women in Elective and Appointive Positions in the Political Sphere at the End of the Annual Women in Politics (WIMPOL) Webinar Held on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Women in Management, Business, and Public Service (WIMBIZ) held its Annual Women in Politics (WIMPol) Webinar, on Thursday, July 9, 2020 themed "The Nigerian Constitution and Elections: A Right to Win", with over 300 participants in attendance.
The Women in Politics (WIMPol) aims at increasing the representation of women in public office through Influence and Advocacy, with the objective of growing female representation from 4% to 30%, in line with the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
The session, which was hosted virtually, explored conversations around mitigating the paucity of women in the Nigerian political sphere, the current provisions of the Nigerian Constitution on gender diversity in politics, the electoral act and the urgent need for increased representation of women in elective & appointive positions of power.
The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has entrenched laws and guidelines on female participation in politics. However, implementing these laws & guidelines have been met with persistent resistance over the years.
Outlined Below are Critical Observations Stifling the Participation of Women in the Nigerian Political Sphere.
Affirmative Actions to Increase Female Participation in the Political Sphere.
The Nigerian constitution currently has no reference to quota or mention on gender parity unlike constitutions like Kenya where it specifically states in Article 27 (8) "that no more than two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies are of the same gender".
Additionally, Article 81 of the Kenyan Constitution further reiterates that the same rule should be applied to public institutions. This shows a deliberate attempt by the law of the country to close the gender gap and historical exclusion of women from leadership in politics. The following proposed recommendations reflects intentionality and will go a long way in mitigating the paucity of women in politics in Nigeria.
WIMBIZ is a non-profit organization that has, over the last 18 years, implemented programs that inspire, empower, and advocate for more excellent representation of women in leadership positions in the public and private sector. WIMBIZ has a contributory associate pool of over 750 accomplished women in management, business, and public service and over 9,700 women in its database. Since its inception, we collaborate with credible domestic and international organizations to deliver programs that have influenced more than 107,465 women.
The Women in Politics (WIMPol) Webinar was chaired by Kemi Ogunyemi, CEO, Alfo Healthcare Initiative and moderated by Hon. Nnena Ukeje, Member, House of Representatives (2007-2019); with panelists - Sen. Binta M. Garba, Senator, Adamawa North Senatorial District (2015-2019); Ahmed Raji SAN, Founder/Principal, Ahmed Raji & Co.; Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, Dean and Professor of Law, University of Lagos and Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.