Nigeria’s 2019 General Elections: Voter Education from a Gender Perspective Nigerian Women Trust Fund

This report on voter education from a gender perspective describes the activities conducted by
the Nigerian Women Trust Fund in partnership with Westminster Foundation for Democracy with
funds from the European Union under the #OurVotesCountNG” project initiated under the umbrella
body of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN). The report
details the targeted implemented strategies by NWTF to facilitate women’s participation, namely
women-only voter education training, gender specialized step – down training on key voter education
messages for women in rural communities, and election observation from a gender perspective. The
information is specific to supporting women in elections Furthermore, it provides briefs on the role
of Electoral Bodies, political parties, the media, security agencies concerning advancing gender
responsiveness, transparency, and accountability in the electoral process. All activities were aimed
at enhancing the participation of women in electoral processes with a focus on the 2019 General
Elections in Nigeria. It is not exhaustive.
Key insights from the report show that the legal framework governing the 2019 General Elections
remained almost identical to that of the 2015 elections, providing enough basis for the conduct of an
electoral process in line with most international and regional commitments.
Five concurrent elections took place in Nigeria between February 23 and March 9, 2019, for
the Presidency, National Assembly, Governorship, State House of Assembly, Council Chairpersons,
and Councilors (FCT). A total of 73 candidates vied for the Presidential elections out of which
6 were women while a total of 22 women contested for Vice president. For elections into the
National Assembly, there was a total of 802 female candidates representing 11.66% of the total
6,483 candidates. 233 women representing 12.6% of candidates contested for a seat in the Senate
while 569 women representing 12.3% of the c

STRATEGIC LITIGATION PRESS STATEMENT

To achieve an Inclusive Governance in Nigeria, women’s groups, civil society organisations and
other stakeholders (also known as the Legal Strategy Team) are set to seek constitutional
clarification on the position of the law on the inclusion of women in the country’s democratic
process. The litigation process which commences on 2 December 2020, at the Federal High
Court Maitama, Abuja is set to achieve a milestone on the interpretations of the laws on
women’s inclusion in leadership and decision-making positions in Nigerian governance
process.
The Legal Strategy Team which is a diverse group set up for the Strategic Litigation towards
inclusive governance in Nigeria aims at seeking interpretations of the law on nondiscrimination and women’s inclusion and leadership in Nigeria’s democratic process as well
as raise public awareness on the strategic litigation process and issues of exclusion of women.

Report on “Women’s Participation in the 2019 General Elections from an Accountability Perspective: Kano and Oyo States under Spotlight”.

#GenderandAccountabilityProject: The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in partnership with the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) with support from the MacArthur Foundation published a report the 2019 General Elections Gender and Election Watch Room Report titled: “Women’s Participation in the 2019 General Elections from an Accountability Perspective: Kano and Oyo States under Spotlight”.

The report is aimed at contributing to strengthening the electoral process from a gender perspective.

Please follow link to get copy: https://com12.cld.bz/NWTF-2019-General-Election-Women-Participation/2/ 

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Memorandum Submitted by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund to the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee at the Public Hearing held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday 30th March, 2017

Nigerian women make up almost half of the population according to the 2006 census. However, women, youth and persons with disability occupy less than 10% of positions in public office nationwide including the hallowed chambers which has less than 6% of women in the 8th parliament. This situation is …….

Memorandum Submitted by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund to the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee at the Public Hearing held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday 30th March, 2017

The Chairman,Committee onConstitutional & Electoral Reform Introduction: The Nigeria Women’s Trust Fund (Women Fund) is an unusual coalition of civil society, government and development partners established in 2011 as a technical and financial resource that works to close the gender gaps in governance at all levels. Issue: Nigerian women make up almost half of the […]

Memorandum Submitted by the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund to the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee at the Public Hearing held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Thursday 30th March, 2017

The Chairman,Committee onConstitutional & Electoral Reform Introduction: The Nigeria Women’s Trust Fund (Women Fund) is an unusual coalition of civil society, government and development partners established in 2011 as a technical and financial resource that works to close the gender gaps in governance at all levels. Issue: Nigerian women make up almost half of the […]