It has been unveiled in several scientific studies, that due to the extreme under- representation of women in the state and National Assembly, their views are hardly recognized in politics. Women tend on the average to be more peaceful, more transparent, and less marked by corruption policies other than men. These women already in politics, serve as a model for other women interested in political or economic career. So far, by this situation, Nigeria may have waived 43 % of its human resources and not to mention that the active participation and inclusion of women in the politics will also in many ways reduce internal conflicts.
Can this be change at all?
It has been claimed frequently that the under-representation of women is because they have no interest in politics or the electorate does not want women. Accordingly, all scientific investigations have proven this to be untrue. Neither the electorate nor the women themselves are to be blamed for the under-representation, rather the political parties and the governments as a gatekeeper.
With a legal women candidates’ quota or parliamentary quota, the proportion of women parliamentarians in many countries with extreme “Gender Discrimination” like Nigeria, will increase in no time. Should parties with less than the required quota for women not allowed to participate, then you will realise that it is suddenly no longer a problem to find enough qualified women to participate. This so-called fast track system can encounter problems of acceptance by men parliamentarians because their career opportunities are then narrowed measurably.
Therefore, we recommend a cautious introduction of quotas in combination with other proven measures of gender promotion.