Nigeria has made some progress in recent years in terms of women’s participation in politics, although there is still a long way to go. In the most recent general election held in 2019, a total of 73 women were elected to various political positions out of a total of 469 positions, which represents about 15.5% of the total number of elected officials.
Of the 73 women elected, 11 were in the Senate (the upper chamber of the National Assembly) and 62 were in the House of Representatives (the lower chamber of the National Assembly). This represents a slight increase in the number of women elected compared to the previous election held in 2015.
While the number of women elected in 2019 is still relatively low, it is worth noting that there has been a gradual increase in women’s participation in Nigerian politics over the years. For example, in the 2003 general election, only seven women were elected to the National Assembly, while in 2007, the number increased to 23.
It is important to note that women’s participation in politics is not just about the number of women elected to political positions, but also about their ability to influence policy and decision-making. In this regard, there is still much work to be done to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that their perspectives are taken into account in the political process in Nigeria.