The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in collaboration with Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) organised a one-day workshop to validate the research findings under the More Women in Governance (MWiG) project in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on the 29th July 2019. The research was carried out with the primary objective of collating and analyzing specific factors that mitigate against women in governance across the Rivers, Bayelsa and Cross Rivers State.

Using structured research methodologies, the research collated data from students, members of several communities, female politicians, experts in politics and gender and other stakeholder through Focus Group Discussions (FGD), questionnaires and Key Informant Interviews (KII). 

Key highlights from the research included  the need to for an Electoral Act to provide for provide a level playing ground for men and women and in turn allows citizens to have confidence in the electoral process and the need to conducting trainings and capacity building skills for women politicians  such as developing media skills, designing campaigns and building knowledge of key national and local policy issues along with long term mentoring that will assist in building women’s confidence to take on leadership roles beginning at the grassroots levels.

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