GETTING WOMEN ELECTED: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Since Nigeria returned to democratic Governance in 1999, it has completed seven election cycles. In all these
elections, women have been largely marginalized in the political space at all levels. According to the Inter-Parliamentary
Union 2019 rankings, Nigeria has one of the lowest rates of women’s s legislative representation in Africa. This paper will examine the historical progress, interventions made, and challenges faced by young women in politics in Nigeria’s 20 years of democracy. In doing so it aims to contribute to a broader review of women’s political representation in Nigeria.

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