A roundtable advocacy meeting around women’s political participation in Niger Delta was held on 30 July 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State under the Women in Governance (WIG) Project. The meeting aimed at adding to existing actions to change narratives toward the ill representation of women in the region and ensuring a more enabling environment and inclusion of women in politics and decision-making processes in the region.
Against the current realities of women’s political participation in Nigeria, the meeting provided an effective platform for stakeholders including policy influencers, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), media practitioners and others to strategize on workable approaches for more women representatives to be recorded in elective and appointive positions, with particular focus on drastically reducing barriers women face in attaining leadership positions in politics and governance.
In the end, appeals from the meeting sought for the actual implementation of commitments from influential political office holders in advocating for the inclusion of more women in governance. In addition, stakeholders at the meeting also expressed commitments on support for a sustainable inclusive governance in the Niger Delta Area with further obligations towards long term mentoring of young women which will assist in building women’s capacity to take on leadership roles.
The event was organized by The Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) in collaboration with Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) under the Women in Governance (WIG) Project.