On Tuesday June 6, 2017, the Nigerian Women Trust Fund represented by its CEO Ms Olufunke Baruwa presented a memo to the Joint Committee on SDG’S parliamentary briefing addressing inequalities in Nigeria.
The memo buttressed the need to scale up existing efforts and break new grounds to close the gender gaps in governance at all levels by improving women’s participation in democracy, leadership and governance processes in Nigeria. The memo addressed the challenges in leadership and the systemic exclusion of women and other vulnerable groups in the decision-making process posed by multi-dimensional inequalities and the roles Parliaments and other stakeholders can play in addressing them.
Recommendations included the urgent need for affirmative action, enforcement of open and transparent candidate nomination process, establishment of strong and sustainable electoral mechanisms, amendment of the Federal Character Commission Act to a Gender and Equal Opportunities Commission, establishment and enforcement of quotas, inclusive and transparent internal democracy of political parties, transparent campaign financing, strengthening of the country’s electoral management body (INEC) to regulate party activities, security of lives and property during elections to improve women’s participation in the democratic process.