Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the European Union (EU) has disclosed that it will focus attention on women’s participation in Nigeria’s political process during a one-day seminar to mark the International Women’s Month, in Abuja on March 23rd, 2018.
EU in a statement issued to journalists revealed that the event will discuss how Nigeria’s leadership selection process can be made more inclusive to accommodate women.
According to the statement, “Participants will explore ways in which women can be empowered to succeed in party primaries and elections proper, as well as how the playing field can be levelled and made less hostile to female candidates.
The statement reads: “The seminar will draw participants from the National Assembly, the civil society and female politicians.
The European Union has been working with governments, institutions and civil society actors to bridge the gender gaps in Nigeria.
“It has been supporting programmes aimed at empowering girls and women, protecting their rights, transforming their lives and strengthening their voice as drivers of sustainable development. Less than 5% of Nigeria’s 469-member National Assembly are women.
“The event will allow us to reflect on and celebrate the progress made towards full attainment of women’s rights, as well as to build momentum and support for further action.”