Since, the country’s return to democracy in 1999, the national average of women’s political participation in Nigeria has remained 6.7 percent in elective and appointive positions, which is far below the global average of 22.5 percent, Africa regional average of 23.4 percent and West Africa sub-regional average of 15 percent. For instance, out of the 36 ministerial appointments made by the incumbent administration, only 6, representing 16.7 percent, are women. At the legislative chamber, women constitute only 5.6 percent and 6.5 percent of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively.
In contributing to address the low representation of women in elective and appointive positions, The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), with support from Ford Foundation, United States, is accepting application from suitable qualified female candidate for a fully funded Capacity-Building Workshop for Women Politicians in Nigeria. The objective is to strengthen the capacity of women on political communication, campaigns and voter mobilization, Advocacy and lobbying, policy design and building network of women group across the federation. A total of 50 women politicians (25 per cohort) will be selected to participate and benefit from the training workshops holding in Abuja between 10 and 20 September 2017.
Participants for the workshop will be drawn from an expansive range of the Nigerian political landscape, putting into consideration the ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
Interested women politicians can access the application form (Deadline, August 29, 2017) online on our website or follow this link (copy and paste link on browser).
For more information and clarification, please contact Austin Aigbe  on or Phone: +234 (0) 9 290 2304.
About CDD
CDD was established in the United Kingdom in 1997 and subsequently registered in Lagos – Nigeria in 1999 as an independent, not-for-profit, research, training, advocacy and capacity building organization.
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