In a bid to foster more representation of women in politics and decision-making spares in the country, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) held a “Legal Strategy Meeting” on women’s political participation and women’s rights on the 2nd of May 2019 in Abuja. As a strategic offshoot from the 22nd Joint Board Meeting of NWTF, the meeting was aimed at drawing from existing legal provisions nationally and internationally to seek more affirmative action for women towards closing the gender gap in Nigeria.
At the core of the meeting were issues raised and reviewed based on the various challenges faced by women in the just concluded elections plus general violations and discriminations concerning women’s rights. In the end, it provided stakeholders with the avenue to synergize and come up with workable plans which will leverage on regional and international instruments ratified by Nigeria that protect the female gender from all forms of suppression and intimidation they encounter.
In attendance were stakeholders from NWTF Boards members, Civil Society Organizations, International Partners, young female politicians and candidates, members of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), National Bar Association (NBA), Media practitioners and other relevant stakeholders.