Nigeria’s Democratic process should recognise value of women’s participation

Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 - Kano


Ms Mufuliat Fijabi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF). In this interview with LEO SOBECHI, she stressed the need for the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to carry Nigerians along through the electoral process, arguing that women constitute a critical mass in the democratic governance.

How far has the Women Trust Fund fare in the mobilisation of women for political participation?
The Nigerian Women Trust Fund is an organisation set up in 2011 as a result of a collaboration between government, civil society organisations and other critical stakeholders, purposely to enhance the participation of women in governance and in the electoral process. We have just presented the report of the 2019 General Elections, which the Nigerian Women Trust Fund, through the Gender and Election Watch (GEW) room put together specifically from an accountability perspective with Kano and Oyo states under the spotlight.

The purpose of the report is to give a further spotlight to the issues of corruption and lack of accountability and how it affects women’s full participation in Nigeria’s democratic process. The report examines the fact that when there is an uneven playing field backed up by issues of corruption and accountability, it affects the performance of women as voters and as candidates in an election.

The report also suggests a number of recommendations for the Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), specifically on the need to be more proactive on issues of election that affect women. For the government and other critical stakeholders, the report recommends the need to ensure a drastic reduction in how issues of corruption, money politics and lack of accountability affect women.




source: Guardian