oa The Constitution - Gender and politics in Nigeria

Volume 6, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1595-5753



Gender is not just a space within which identities are formed; it is also a major criterion for the distribution of valued resources and opportunities in a society, such as economic, social, educational and political resources and opportunities. This assertion is supported by a copious pile of evidence, which points to the existence of gender-based discriminations and inequalities in many societies of the world. In Nigeria, in spite of efforts to improve the socio-economic and political condition of women, very minimal result has been obtained quite contrary to expectation. Based on figures from the outcomes of the 1993, 1999 and 2003 elections in the country, this article raises critical issues about the marginalization of women in Nigerian politics. The paper contends that the political disempowerment of Nigerian women is an outcome a of complex of factors, which constricts the political space and excludes women.

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