To ensure a systematic approach for young women in Nigerian politics, the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF) with support from United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of women (UNWomen) and the Canadian High Commission organised a two day consultative meeting for young women politicians from Seventeen (17) states and the FCT. The overall goal of the meeting was to analyse barriers placed on young women and identify ways in which future programming can support their political engagement.
The CEO of Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF), Mufuliat Fijabi in her welcome statements mentioned that empowering women to participate substantively in politics not only serves to bridge the existing gender disparity in politics, but also critical to achieving an all inclsuive governance. She further expressed optimism that by the end of 2019 election, the narrative should begin to change given recent legislative mechanisms to support youth’s participation in politics.
Desmond Osemhenjie, Program manager – UNWomen in his goodwill message streessed on the the need for mentorship programs for young women in Politics. “UNWomen have a document titled ‘’Election Journey’’, which will look at politics in a pragmatic way, which will support young women to understand election and dynamics of politics” he said. He concluded with hopes that the outcome of the meeting will develop strategies that consider how gender inequality in politics takes form and proffer ways to inhibit them.
Based on previous experience sharing sessions, participants developed strategic plans through a framework recommended by NWTF. This framework provided focused objectives on enhancing and promoting substantive roles for women and young women in politics.