The 2019 election is fast approaching and urgent steps need to be taken towards addressing the marginalization of women in the Nigerian democratic space. The Nigerian Women Trust Fund – with support from the USAID-SACE Programme – in an effort to increase women’s representation in decision-making is currently implementing the Ideathon project which aims at creating awareness on the need for increased women’s political participating and to find innovative ways to address the gender gap in governance.

Part of this project is the Ideathon competition which set out to generate ideas to strengthen advocacy and improve women’s representation in government. The competition was open to corps members only. Corps members across Nigeria sent in submissions for the competition. Five judges scored the entries and eventually, 10 finalists emerged. The finalists participated in the grand finale in Abuja on 7th December, 2017. At the grand finale each finalist presented their ideas and strong rationales for implementation.

Uchechukwu Enwerem emerged the winner of the Ideathon competition. The Second Prize went to Caleb Adebayo; Ibukun Adebanke Ilori was in third place. The winners won N1,000,000, N750,000 and N500,000 respectively as part of grants to implement their project. The winners will be working with USAID-SACE and Nigerian Women Trust Fund to develop the ideas further.

NYSC corps members engaged during various Ideathon sensitization meetings are also carrying out peer education on women’s leadership and political participation.