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Women in Management, Business and Public Service
(WIMBIZ) is scheduled to hold its Women in Politics (WIMPOL) Webinar on
Thursday, July 9, 2020.
In Nigeria, 3.8% of women were elected in the 2019
elections, the worst in Sub-Saharan Africa where the average percentage of
elected women is 24%, with Rwanda leading the world at 61.25%, South Africa
46.35% and Ethiopia at 38.76%. 13 countries hold specifically reserved seats
for women in parliament.
According to Inter-parliamentary union, 16 women
out of 75 legislative bodies are female Speakers in both upper and lower houses
of parliament in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Gambia, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea,
Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), Ethiopia, Gabon, Lesotho, Liberia and Zimbabwe.
The sub-Sahara Africa region is second only to Europe. A huge contrast with
Asia’s 8 female heads of parliament and only 1 in the Middle East and North
The Nigerian constitution has no reference to quota
or mention on gender parity unlike constitutions like Kenya where it
specifically states in Article 27 (8) “that no more than two-thirds of the
members of elective or appointive bodies are of the same gender”. Additionally,
Article 81 further reiterates that the same rule should be applied to public
institutions. This shows a deliberate attempt by the law of a country to close
the gender gap and historical exclusion of women from leadership in politics.
The WIMBIZ Women in Politics Webinar aims at increasing
the representation of women in public office through Influence and Advocacy,
with the objective of growing female representation from 4% to 30%, in line
with to the Beijing Declaration 1995 and Platform for Action.
The 2020 WIMPol webinar themed: “The Nigerian
Constitution & Elections: A Right to Win” will explore conversations
around mitigating the paucity of women in the Nigerian Political sphere, the
current provisions of the Nigerian Constitution on gender diversity in the
political terrain and the crucial need for increased representation of women in
elective & appointive positions of power.
The Webinar will educate women in politics and
women who aspire to explore the Nigerian Political sphere on the provisions of
the constitution as it pertains to female participation in governance &
politics. 2020 WIMPOL Webinar Press Release The 2020 WIMPOL webinar will help
participants re-imagine a Nigeria that stands tall in diversity and inclusion.