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Title:Women's Participation in the Democratization Process in Nigeria
Author:Ekejuiba, FeliciaISNI
Series:Working papers
City of publisher:Boston, MA
Publisher:African Studies Center, Boston University
Geographic term:Nigeria
Politics and Government
Abstract:The changing pattern and degree of women's participation in Nigeria's democratization process are examined, with a special focus on the ongoing programme of transition to civilian rule, although the antecedents from 1959 to 1983 are also discussed. The author uses L. Milbrath's (1965) hierarchy of political participation to demonstrate the consistently high degree of women's participation as voters and their low degree of participation as party/electoral officials and candidates for election. She also examines the problems women face as they strive to participate in the democratization processes of a decidedly patriarchal society. The paper ends by examining various formulae and efforts aimed at solving problems women face in their bid to participate in politics. The author suggests a planned political design aimed at genuine societal transformations and solutions to the crisis of women's low political participation so as to ensure genuine power sharing, over time, between men and women.