Women and Politics in Nigeria: The Restructuring Question

EZEDINACHI, IFEOMA E. and Orizu, Oluchukwu N. (2019) Women and Politics in Nigeria: The Restructuring Question. Ebonyi Journal of History, 1 (1). pp. 180-194. ISSN 7632-094J

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Most human societies are known to be patriarchal-wherein male dominance in all social and political relations is unquestioned. Nigeria is not an exception; even from the pre-colonial times to present. Currently, only about 3.1% of women have been elected into political offices and about 5% have been nominated to appointive positions, despite the allotment of 35% of elective political positions to Nigerian women. In Nigeria, women constitute about 49.7% of the national population, but in spite of this numerical strength, women remain disadvantaged and insignificantly represented in many spheres of life particularly in Nigeria’s politics. It is in the light of this gross under representation of women in Nigerian politics, this paper examined the need for restructuring to enhance women participation in Nigerian politics in the 21st century. The study relied on socialist/Marxist feminism and the liberal feminism theories. A review of Nigerian women political roles since the pre-colonial era was examined. Secondary sources of data were largely used with emphasis on narrative, descriptive and quantitative analysis of data employed in the study. Furthermore, Suggestions on how to enhance, promote and sustain women in the Nigeria’s political growth were finally adduced in the study.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts > Faculty of Law > Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 16:50
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 16:50
URI: http://eprints.gouni.edu.ng/id/eprint/2172

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