WOMEN democratic governance, giving prohibitions to any means


Although section 40 sub
section 42 of the Nigerian constitution provides a platform for men and women
equal opportunity to democratic governance, giving prohibitions to any means of
discrimination, facts on ground do not give credits to this standing. Dating back
to 2007 general Nigeria’s election, only 6% of elected political office where
women bringing the ranking of the country compared to the other west African countries
very low, being that the sub-regional average is put at 12% which practically
is a far cry from the 30% recommended in Beijing in 1995. Despite the fact that
women constitute about half the population size of the country and have played
very key roles in the past their participation in formal and informal
structures and processes where decision regarding the use of societal resources
generated by both men and women remains insignificant(makamo,2013). The gleaming
issue still is that why are this set bacs still a part of the political system?

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   Over the centuries feminist has being stereotyped
as dependent, submissive, and conforming making women lack leadership qualities
raising the bias of men to portray leadership as command or control instead of
a process of mobilizing and engaging humans which can bring a new platform for
women leadership (burns 1978 p.50).

The potentials of women
to be a part of the administrative strategic decision makers are high and are
sure to bring positive impact to the system of democratic governance. As in the
past from the birth of the office of the first lady in 17 by the wife of the then
Head of state Babangida till date we have seen several women with grate political
ambitions women like Ngozi Okono Iwela (finance minister), Dora Akunyili (drugs
enforcement agency) etc. have all shown positive intents and worked significantly
in their various offices. How ever in Nigeria the extant National gender policy
(NGP) recommended 35% affirmative action instead and sort for more inclusive
representation of women with at least 35% of both elective and political and
appointive public service positions respectively (Oluyemi, 2016).