BACKGROUUND AND CONTEXT

WOMEN POLITICS

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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 (Makama, June
2013).
The gleaming issue still is that why are this set bacs still a part of the
political system?

   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).

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 great 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. Nigerian women have
encountered a number of troubles even as venturing into politics. this is as a
result of huge scale marginalization both in balloting physical games and in
allocation of political workplaces. Political violence and the social stigma that
politics is a grimy game is a in addition stumbling block for ladies to turn
out to be actively concerned inside the politics of Nigeria, these are the main
causes for the low illustration of women in Nigeria’s political terrain, extra
often than not, men constitute a larger percentage of the celebration
membership and this tends to affect women in terms of deciding on or electing
candidates for positions (Bakpa, n.d.).

 However, 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).
Sources have witnessed that the low response of women in the Nigerian political
system started from the period of pre-colonial masters giving rise to the patriarchal
system which in the long run have made it seem like men are always meant to be
at the forefront and women their subordinates.

   The purpose
of this research will be solely to look into the hindrances women encounter
with regard to engaging in political run for offices. By looking at various
political parties using various research procedure like conducting key
informant interviews, distribution of questionnaires to see if truly democracy
is practiced faithfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REARCH QUESTION & HYPOTHESIS

This research will be involved in four research
questions followed by the hypothesis.

1.     WHY IS IT DIFFICULT FOR WOMEN TO
ENGAGE IN POLITICS AS ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS?

The null hypothesis in this case
would be that they are not given enough support from this political parties to
engage as active as their male counterparts which entail leads to a pullback or
discourages their efforts.

 

2.     IT THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY TRULY A
PARTHNERSHIP OF EQUAL OPPURTUNITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN?

The null hypothesis in this case
could be that since the pre- colonial era the issue of patriarchy has deeply eaten
into the political system to an extent to which we as men no longer see women
as equal but as subordinates. My expectation here will be to see that a
substantial percentage of patriarchy still very much exist or practiced.

 

3.     WHAT OPPURTUNITY DO WOMEN HAVE AS
THEY GROW IN THEIR POLIYICAL CAREER IN THIS PARTIES?

The null hypothesis in this case
would be that despite the claims of gender equality, due to the presence of
“internal democracy” still amongst the party members and officials we see that
women are still sidelines I expect to see that most of their career growth is
cut short due to such reasons.

 

4.     WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES THAT WOMEN
NEED TO IMBIBE OF GET ACCUSTOMED TO IN ORTHER REACH A LEVEL PLAYING GROUND WITH
THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS TO ATTAIN SUCH KEY POSITIONS?

The null hypothesis here would be
that a grassroot reformation strategy from the family schools and culture to
break the barrier which are nurtured from very young age i.e encouraging
children despite their gender to see themselves as people of same relevance to
the society at large bearing in mind being able to give equal support at any
point in time.

 

In addition to this research /study
we will also be considering the following issues and questions:

·       
As women in various political parties will
be approached to fill up questionnaires, personally the researcher would want
to know or put into account if leadership education was something which was
being taught to them and if not, how did they find a way to break through this
“GLASS CELLING”.

·       
Also, the study will like to know what
their male counterparts feel about the issue of women putting out that they do
not get enough support as them and their advice to women?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LITERATURE REVIEW

     over the past years there has been a
serious deliberation on the issue regarding women leadership however from
colonialism came the point of women’s autonomy and traditional positions. The
British most times found women autonomous, they instituted a “Victorian
framework” which circumscribed making them loose autonomist nature giving birth
to patriarchal system, for example looking at the northern part of Nigeria
colonialism encouraged expansion of Islamic ideals making them exclude women
from politics and other public affairs (Awomolo, 1997) (sue Ellen
Charlton, 1989).
This patriarchal system which has eaten up virtually into every practices,
systems and sectors in Nigeria bringing up a structure of gender inequality and
many other negative effect on the economical and socio-cultural values of the
country. On the surface it looks like gender has no significant role and that
the country is presumably gender neutral, and potential women are equal to
their competitors; however, this remains an untapped dream of liberal pluralist (sue Ellen
Charlton, 1989)
cited in (Awomolo, 1997).

     Nature of Politics in Nigeria In Nigerian
the nature of politics is characterized by way of violence, it’s miles said to
be very violent for those with the hearts and minds of stone, can face up to
such violence. we’ve witnessed and heard approximately violence that transpires
each election season, a woman, certainly would now not need to get worried in
which includes she has lots to lose, health wise and beauty clever. If maximum
ladies hold to assume this manner, there is no way any female might need to
take part in politics, or allow any family member of hers to take part. there
are numerous extra elements not point out, but it’s miles believed that the
above elements are principal factors hindering women political participation,
however it is time to do so by calling on all girls to learn the way to take
part in politics (neighborhood, nation, country wide or international levels) (Amu, 2016).

     Women’s
engagement in politics in Nigeria is essential as it is a known fact that no
country can make a fast growth when one half of the country’s population are
under- represented, undermined economically and potentially weak, while the
other half is economically dominant and politically powerful. That which is
been said is that women lack the competence and the right amount of
sophistication to hold themselves against their male opponents and have failed
to key into the major agendas of the country. Looking from the side of this
political parties, they do have manifestos from their constitution stating that
both men and women have equal and full support from the party, manifestos of
some of this parties also affirm in favor of men example: APC (all progressive
party) one of the major political parties in Nigeria, section 16. In Nigeria, a number of women lack effective energy
or have an impact on, in particular in federal authorities’ structure.  Many of them do no longer have the important
talents to provide ideas efficiently. lack of understanding of political
participation way insufficient contribution to public affairs and girls’
empowerment.  when women are given the
possibility of participation in leadership, they will understand those troubles
and cope with them to accommodate complete participation of ladies in
management in any respect degrees of the arms of government (Akokuwebe,
July 2015).

 

     Increasing
representation in population and economic positions has been recognized as a
developmental goal giving big ups to the Beijing platform for recommendation of
the 30% target for women in National parliament which was implemented and
should have had positive impact if was fully implemented (Amadi, 2007).

     From
the table below, it is clear that all parts of the world, women have been
historically discriminated against electoral issues. the good news is that
marginalization can be addressed through concerted efforts. Thus, some
countries now have female heads of state such as Germany and Liberia (Igbuzor,
2011)

Table: DEMOCRATIZATION OF
SUFFRAGE IN SELECTED COUNTRIES

COUNTRY

MALE UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

FEMALE UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

AUSTRALIA

1903

1908

CANADA

1915/18

1920

GREAT
BRITHIAN

1877

1928

SWEDEN

1923

1921

PORTUGAL

1911

1974

JAPAN

1918/19

1947

NIGERIA

1922

1979

FRANCE

1869/71

1946

ITALY

1925

1940

 

SOURCE: OTIVE IGUZO R,
REDEFINING WINNING: WOMENS EMERGENCE IN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS.

Seeing the issue of marginalization in the past and
how efforts have been made to eliminate it the percentage rate of change has
not been really significant from a statistical point of view/perspective. Nigerian women had been marginalized in political
participation no matter the crucial social and financial roles they’ve played
over time.  African women specially the
ones from Nigeria in reaction to the possibilities created by means of
industrial capitalism and globalization commenced looking for to persuade the
dispensation of right in step with their articulated pursuits, needs and issues
as fundamental motives for political participation as a way to create and make
certain sustainable democratic governance in Nigeria (Odi, 2012). Affirmative actions have been taken
to remove continuous setbacks / obstacles to political progress which will
entail reduce historical imbalance. Also, several empowerment forums and mass
mobilization campaigns have been initiated to break tradition and stereotypes
of women’s role. In spite of several of some of this strategies that have been
initiated to which Nigeria is a signatory, they are still flashing issues of
gender inequality at all levels of decision making (oluyemi,
2016).

 

 

SIGNIFICANCE
OF THIS STUDY

     The result
of this study will be reverberated to the benefit of Nigeria at large and the
political parties, being that women play a vital role in the society and
considering the fact that they do constitute about half the population of the
country. Grassroot education for kinds of different genders to see themselves
as equal to fit into any position of their choice, here breaking the barrier of
cultural / family effect. Furthermore, this will also erase the issues of
internal democracy within each political party hence forth suppressing the
issue of women working /striving 10 times more to run on equal level playing
ground as their male counterparts.

The research will equally
be bene?cial to NGOs, students and authorities’ businesses on gender related
problems together with Inter-parliamentary Union, United international
locations’ department for the advancement of women (DAW) Committee for the
removal of all form of Discrimination against ladies (CEDAW) as it will aid
them of their search for gender equality. similarly, the tips and pointers so
as to be pro?ered on this observe will assist enhance the extent of political
participation of women in Nigeria. (STELLA, 2015)

     Its
going to be very much beneficial to the aspiring youths who want to get
involved in politics when women who have acquired some previous positions in
the government initiate some mentoring programs which will prepare them for all
obstacles keeping them competent, sophisticated and most importantly motivated enough
keying them into the major agendas of the country for attracting more female
and male supporters. For the researcher, this study will help him/her
understand the areas which are lacking in the aspect of women politics in
Nigeria, as he/she is aspiring to venture into politics someday, and seeing
into some missing issues concerning this topic. Thus, some time later in future
new theories on how this issue will be solved may be uncovered (Regoniel, 2015)

 

METHODS

RESEARCH
METHODS, DESIGN AND METHODS

     First of
all, all political potential parties and empowerment groups will be identified (Aydinel,
2015).

     This
research will involve the two (2) major parties in Nigeria and for the empowerment
groups a random selection will be done selecting just two (2) groups giving
them all an equal opportunity to be selected.

     In this
study the resarcher will be using a cross-sectional design to survey the
various political parties and empowerment groups. This will be done at a period
near to the general election of the country when all parties are active to make
sure that the sample size is equally distributed, and all members available.
Five (5) women and five (5) men are selected from both political parties making
a total of ten (10) persons per political party. The research will be more
exploratory being that we need to get detailed information/ data and feedbacks
form our samples. Also from the sample a key informant interview will be
scheduled and conducted for some specific persons from various sample size. The
interview will be a semi-structured interview, with more open-ended questions
so as to get detailed required information from interviewee. A
self-administered questionnaire will be distributed randomly to ten (10) women
for the various empowerment groups. The questions will be slightly open-ended
also in other for sample size to say how the truly feel about this issue. From
the party sample size, a case narrative will be carried out with several
successful women who have been able to break major boundaries they have faced
and whose story can illuminate how prospects will navigate through political,
public and personal hindrances and adopt best practices that can promote gender
stability and equality.

 

 

REARCH ETHICS

The researcher has to ensure that he/she gets
appropriate consent signed from respondent as a surety of their understanding and
acceptance to be involved in this study ensuring that he/she is not being
forced but get involved at their own free will. Also, required approval from
the sample area (political parties) is relevant to ensure that they are no mix
up or denials given on attempt to conduct exercise/study. Questionnaires which
are distributed to sample will be shared or given to those who are willing and
feel they want to be part of the study. Lastly it is imperative that the
evaluation process does not in any way harm (unintended or otherwise)
participants.

 

 

CONCLUSION

     Major hindrances as to why women do not
engage/contest for key political offices in Nigeria was
a bit tasking to find articles that ae related to this topic being that most of
the article online where mostly generalizing the political system of Governance
while I was researching from the aspect of the political parties and
empowerment groups. This research will also improve motivation for women as
they will be able to understand thee hindrances they face and how to overcome
them also for the younger generation, they will be opportune to get leadership
and empowerment education as the grow without the issue of patriarchy and
elimination of culture. By the development of these proposal we will begin to
see gradual positive results politically and economically in the nearest future.

      

 

 

 

 

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