In sustaining an all-inclusive learning process for young women in politics in Nigeria, The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) began another phase of mentorship programme in collaboration with Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN), supported by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) under the “Increasing Women’s participation in Politics in the Niger Delta Project”. To officially kick off this phase, a 2-day capacity building event themed “More Women in Governance” was organized in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on 10th & 11th July 2019 to pass on mentorship skills and expectations.

In the event’s welcome remarks, The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) -Ms. Mufuliat Fijabi stated that the goal and expectations of the programme are primarily premised on building young women’s’ skills towards being resourceful and potential candidates for elective and appointive positions in the nearest future. While reflecting on the current ill representation of women in politics and government in Nigeria, Ms. Fijabi added that the programme serves as a proactive and holistic strategy towards closing the prevailing gender equity dearth as currently recorded in governance which consist of 5.6% of women representation. “This is abysmally low and will in turn affect the kind of gender -responsive policies that will be passed in the next four (4) years”, she submitted. The CEO urged participating young women to exhaust this opportunity to link the connections between career choices, political participation and how being active citizens could positively project them as good and effective leaders.

This phase of the programme is targeted at building the capacity of Hundred (100) young women from different in universities and also young women from local communities, with specific focus on sixty (60) young women, whose skills would be enhanced as mentees to challenge existing gender norms and develop their leadership skills in the Niger Delta region of the Country.