OXFAM International has disclosed that when it comes to women representation in elective positions, Nigeria is worst in Africa, adding that women in elective positions in Nigeria amounted to 7 per cent, which is the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking during an interactive session with women associations in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi state coordinator of OXFAM, Mr. Olumide Ojo, pointed out that the figure had declined further after the 2015 elections.
He tasked the federal, state and local governments to transform the lives of women in the rural and urban areas by giving them opportunities to be heard and be elected into positions of power.
The OXFAM Coordinator disclosed that this was necessary because women in Nigeria were poorly represented, “in fact, the most poorly represented,” in elective offices in Africa.
He said the governments at all levels could start addressing the issue by ensuring equitable women representations in their cabinets and in decision making in other spheres.
Ojo further stated that violence against women in Nigeria was increasingly becoming a serious issue, revealing that, “In 2016, Nigeria ranked 118 out of 144 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index. Sadly in 2017, Nigeria ranked 122 out of the same 144 countries on the Global Gap Index report”.
He appealed to governments and other stakeholders to challenge the socio-cultural norms that had constituted themselves into systemic hindrances for gender justice in the country.