The zonal public hearing organized by the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee on Thursday, 30th March 2017 in Abuja provided another platform for the Women Fund to address the low indices on female representation. The Fund’s Chief Executive Officer, Olufunke Baruwa, presented a memorandum highlighting the strategic steps required to change the narrative around women’s political participation in Nigeria.

Baruwa noted that affirmative action is a requirement for encouraging and ensuring the participation of vulnerable groups like women, youth and persons with disability to participate in governance and called on the committee to pay attention to inclusive representation of candidates on the basis of sex, age and disability by electoral management bodies and political parties as a panacea for effective and participatory governance.

Women Fund recommendations to the committee therefore include quotas for vulnerable groups, open and transparent nomination processes in internal party selections, strict policy on campaign funding conclusive list of political party membership.