Zero percent election win for women in Nigerian state

efe
Posted August 28, 2019 from Nigeria

If you google Edo State women, you are likely to find stories of women who are forced or lured to go to Italy to engage in Commercial Sex Work but few care to talk about the disappointing situation for women in the political space. In February this year an election was held to elect state and federal representatives in the state and national assembly. Unfortunately, the women of Edo State recorded zero victory. I decided in collaboration with Code for Nigeria , an NGO that supports Female Journalists to find out more. Here is the link to the story that was published some days ago in Ghana Business News 

 

 

https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2019/08/23/why-we-lost-women-candidates-from-edo-state-speak-out/

 

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Jill Langhus
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hi Efe,

Thanks for sharing your concerning, and investigative report. I hope this doesn't put off any aspiring, female politicians. This is not good:-( What do you think needs to be done, or, more to the point, what do you think will be done, if anything, to improve the situation?

Hope you're doing well, and having a good week.

efe
Aug 29
Aug 29

I hope not too. One of them confessed to me that she would not encourage her female children to go for elective positions. All the 'big' parties claim to be encouraging women but I don't know how sincere they really are but I intend to write more stories that highlight what women are going through in the diverse sectors. Maybe if the voices don't stop. They will be forced to make the necessary changes. Thanks for reading the story and connecting with the issues highlighted

Jill Langhus
Aug 30
Aug 30

Oh:-(

That's a great idea. It certainly can't hurt.

You're very welcome.

Please keep us posted, and good luck with speaking out and about this more than worthy cause!

Hello, Efe,

Yes, it's truly disappointing that it's a zero vote. :( Did the women voters participate? Or did they choose male candidates instead?
Thank you for sharing.

efe
Aug 29
Aug 29

Women voters participated but most of them get sidetracked by financial incentives offered by the moneybags and they rarely vote for the best candidate. Thank you for reading

Tumanjong Miranda
Aug 29
Aug 29

Hi Efe,
Thanks for sharing the findings of your investigation.
It is very sad our woman cannot be represented in politics. Much really needs to be done to bring women to the limelight in politics.
Have a nice day.

efe
Sep 05
Sep 05

Thank you for reading this piece. It is sad

Lisbeth
Aug 30
Aug 30

It's so sad dear.

efe
Sep 05
Sep 05

It is. Our voices will be heard. No matter how long it takes

Beth Lacey
Sep 08
Sep 08

Such a sad outcome. I hope women with political aspirations are not driven away

efe
Sep 11
Sep 11

I hope so too

kabahenda
Sep 11
Sep 11

Hello Efe,

This is very unfortunate indeed, but do not give up. Nigerian women are very courageous and I really admire them for their bravery because some of them do not take nonsense from anybody.

I am sure that this imbalance will be addressed at the state and federal levels and that women will participate more meaningfully in future elections. All the best.

efe
Sep 11
Sep 11

Thank you for acknowledging the tenacious spirit of the average Nigerian woman