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Active participation of Nigerian women in the politics and governance: a reality or mirage?

Ifediora Stella Eyiuche


The journey towards the emancipation of women from discriminatory and suppressive societal/tribal norms has finally given the women folk a public and political voice internationally. This is clearly revealed in the increasing number of women getting involved in seeking elective positions in governance and even those already participating in governance. This paper looks at international and regional instruments that recognize and encourage the right of women to participate in politics and the public sphere. Further, the paper looks at Nigerian legislation so far and how they encourage the participation of women in politics and governance. Finally a peek is taken into the actual participation of women in politics and governance globally and in Nigeria.

Keywords: Active participation, Nigerian women, Politics and Governance, Reality, Mirage