Gender and Politics in Nigeria


Eze Chidinma Esther

From the beginning of the world, God deemed it fit to integrate women in the plans of creation. From the dust of the earth, man, like the beast and the birds was created, according to the Bible. Women, on the other hand, was created from man (i.e. not from crude raw materials but from an already refined product), and for the specific purpose of being a helper in the fulfillment of God’s policy directive to have dominion over all creatures of the earth. Thus, the gender agenda cannot continue to gain momentum, especially in developing societies, unless conscious efforts are made towards mainstreaming gender issues. As a result, this paper evaluated gender sensitive politics that should be enthroned in developing societies, especially Nigeria. Recently, gender equality in politics has started gaining grounds in Nigeria, and will expectedly spread to other developing societies. More so, socio-economic factors inhibiting women’s political potency need to be properly addressed. Specifically, conscious efforts should be made by Nigerian governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development agencies (local and international), and women organizations to liberate women from the grips of culture, religion, male-dominated party system, poverty and illiteracy, among others. Thus, this paper concludes that failure to address these inhibiting factors implies that women political underrepresentation will continue in the Nigerian polity.Keywords: Gender, Women, Inequality, Politics, Tradition, Governance.





Eze Chidinma Esther(2023).Gender and Politics in Nigeria. IAA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, 9(1):19-24, 2023.