Women Participation in Nigeria's Democratization Process: Some Socio-Economic Considerations

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Dauda, R.O.S
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Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
The relative importance of women as positive contributors to economic development has long been recognized. The United Nations has been pioneering the mainstreaming of gender perspective into development planning and integrating them in development at the level of national government of all member states. However, progress made so far leaves much to be desired. The majority of the women, particularly in African countries, face various forms of systematic and structural discrimination, which inhibit the drive towards personal empowerment. Women are disadvantaged in the sphere of decision-making, be it political, economic and political development and nation-building. It defines 'femocracy', poverty, discriminatory social practices and discriminatory laws, gender-blind policy environment that promotes gender disparity in education, health care and the decision-making process, as significant factors which hinder women's participation at all levels of governance and in the current democratic experiment. The paper highlights the implications of the continued exclusion of women from the political scene and governance. It recommends policy measures to enhance the political status of women as well as facilitate the creation of a democratic space for Nigerian women.
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Dauda, R.O.S (2004) Women Participation in Nigeria's Democratization Process: Some Socio-Economic Considerations. UNILAG Journal of Politics, volume 1(1)