As part of conscious efforts to institutionalize anti-corruption and accountability demands through citizens’ engagement in Nigeria’s democratic process, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in Partnership with Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) with support from MacArthur Foundation held a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with women in Political Parties who were past project beneficiaries on Institutionalizing Accountability and anti-Corruption on 22nd November 2019 in Oyo State. The FGD aimed at reviewing past NWTF engagements with women in Political parties in the state so as to harvest feedbacks on the roles women played during and after the 2019 General Elections.
The FGD fostered collaboration and availed women in Political parties the opportunity to share their experiences on the usefulness of the previous NWTF training /capacity building on Gender, Anti-corruption and Accountability and to brainstorm on how to effectively chant a way forward and push for transparency and accountability within political party structures. During the FGD, the women acknowledged the usefulness of the training stating that it has assisted them in looking closely at issues from a gender and accountability perspective. Some of the women explained that unlike before, they now ask questions and seek clarifications on party issues and also demand for the inclusion of women in the operations of their political parties at all levels.
Also during the FGDs, the women from five political parties demonstrated high sense of solidarity irrespective of party affiliations to support the drive towards institutionalizing anti-corruption and accountability and fight for women’s rights going forward. The women were committed to sustaining the efforts and have also created a communication channel amongst themselves via WhatsApp to strengthen their networking.