SEXUAL POLITICS * AND DEMOCRACY IN NIGERIA
Law and Politics
Nigeria's political transformation has been tainted by years of military dictatorship, which has played a decisive role in limiting social and political developments for women. Women's under-represented in the military regimes widened the gap between men and women in today's democratic governance. This explains Nigeria's weak democratic culture and the emergence of gender barriers wherein women are unrepresented in power structures and decision-making bodies. This article attempts to chart the
... empts to chart the raison d'être that women find challenging in vying for political office and the antecedent non-representation of women in public office as well as to explore the political conditions that account for women's exclusion from political participation. In that respect, laws should be promulgated to promote female representation in politics and awareness programs should be put in place to eradicate the deeply rooted beliefs and stereotypes. As women tend to cooperate with each other and build viable networks for establishing representation in political structures, an association of women politicians should be established. Given that women constitute half the population of Nigeria, it is quite clear that networking is likely to redress gender imbalance in politics. A united front of Nigerian women would go a long way in making positive impact on the political climate of Nigeria.