THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE POLITICS OF SOUTH EAST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE OF NIGERIA, 1999-2007

AUTHOR: OCHIEZE CHRISTOPHER N.

DEPARTMENT: HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA.

The relevance of women as positive contributors to political development has long been universally acknowledged. The United Nations has been pioneering the mainstreaming of gender perspective into development planning of the Member-States. However, progress made so far leaves much to be desired. The majority of women in Nigeria, particularly in south east geo-political zone of the country, face various forms of systemic and structural discrimination, which inhibit the drive toward personal empowerment. These women are disadvantaged in the sphere of decisions-making, be it political, economic or social. The main objective of this study is to examine the roles of women in the politics of southeast geo-political Zone of Nigeria from 1999-2007. It provides an overview of the profile of Igbo female politicians and underscores the crucial role of women in political development. The study identifies poverty, discriminatory social practices, gender-blind policy environment that promotes gender disparity in education and the decision making process as significant factors which hinder women participation at all levels of governance and in the current democratic experiment. The study also highlights the implications of the continued exclusion of southeastern women from the political scene and governance. It recommends policy measures to enhance the political status of these women as well as facilitate the creation of a democratic space for Igbo Women.

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