specialty journal of politics and law
Women Participation in Politics in Nigeria: A Study of Female Representation in National Assembly (2007-2015)
Stacy Chinyere Igwe, Patrick Nnadozie Udefuna
The participation of women in politics in Nigeria is of great concern to many because of the continuous low record of female representation after elections. The elections of 2007, 2011 and 2015 with the promises it held for women, at the end there was low female representation in the country. In spite of the 35percent affirmative action and the huge campaign of the women for change initiatives aimed at providing a soft landing for women in the elections. The obstacles to women representation are numerous and as many have agreed, they root from the colonial leadership and other factors. This has led to low female representation that negates the traditional importance of women in nation building in the Nigeria society. This study therefore critically reviewed the issue of women Participation in politics vis-a-vis female representation especially during and after the 2007, 2011 and 2015 general elections. It also offers recommendations towards solving the identified traditional and social factors that inhibit women participation in politics in Nigeria.