Nigeria

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At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #118/133
Gender Inequality Index2 --
HDI Ranking3 #142
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 7%/8%
Women in Parliament ranking #118/133
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#67/133)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1954 (East), 1955 (West taxpayers), 1959(South), 1975(North)

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Overview
GovernmentFederal republic
Total population155.2 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,400
HDI ranking3#142
Population under age 1541%
Urban population50%
Internet users29%
LanguagesEnglish (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, over 500 others

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (March 2011): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #118/134 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 90% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 7%/8%
Gender Inequality Index2 -- Population with secondary education, female/male ratio -- Women in Parliament ranking #118/133
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 -- Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#67/133)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1954 (East), 1955 (West taxpayers), 1959(South), 1975(North)
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 23 Quota type --
Births per woman 5.7 Constitutional quota in lower house --
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 127 Electoral quota in lower house --
Voluntary political party quotas --

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Our Partner

BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights is a non-governmental women's human rights organization which focuses on women's legal rights in Nigeria. The organization evolved from the relationship between a group of activists, social scientists, lawyers, and specialists in Islamic laws. BAOBAB's mission is to promote women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws. BAOBAB’s vision is for women’s human rights to become an integral part of everyday life. Read More >

Reports & Updates
October 4, 2011 | 2012 Events, Americas, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Leading to Action, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Political Participation
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
April 7, 2011 | Africa, Leading to Action, Nigeria, nigeria, political participation, women in politics, Political Participation, Young & Emerging Leaders
On February 7-13, 2011, BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights held a political education training for young women in Kogi State, Nigeria, using WLP's political participation manual Leading to Action. The training promoted gender sensitive culture within academic institutions, shared the principles of horizontal leadership, promoted women's visibility and involvement in strategic decision making positions, and contributed to building the self-esteem and confidence of participants to act as leaders in challenging situations.
November 11, 2010 | Africa, Nigeria, eNews 27, Political Participation
Political Participation TrainingAbia, Nigeria According to Nigeria's 2006 census, women are nearly half the country's population (48.78 percent) — a percentage that is not at all reflected in women's representation in government and decision-making positions. But that could change, and soon. As part of its commitment to increasing women's role in all of public life, BAOBAB held a July 21-27 training session in Abia for a group of politically enthusiastic and ambitious young women. Participants included members of the media, Abia state government officials, 30 young women undergraduates and 30 women political aspirants.
June 23, 2009 | Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, eNews 24, Organizational Capacity Building
WLP and its partners are piloting a new process where peers cooperate to help each other's organizations through the strategic planning process. In peer-to-peer strategic planning, individuals familiar with the organization and its activities, and equally committed to its success, participate in developing plans for the future. Most critically, a peer has linguistic compatibility and socio-cultural understanding, and also shares the history and values of the Partnership, vision for gender justice, and knowledge of the women's movement and culturally-adapted strategies in women's rights work. This allows for deeper understanding and clearer communication between the facilitator and the organization in the strategic planning process.
December 8, 2008 | Bahrain, Jordan, Nigeria, Yes I Can, Young & Emerging Leaders
In cooperation with our partner organization in Bahrain, WLP completed the full first draft of a manual for adolescent girls between the ages of twelve and seventeen. The manual will serve as the primary curriculum for YWLP, and is intended for use during leadership training workshops. The manual's fun and interactive sessions enable adolescents to develop greater self confidence, learn how to communicate more effectively, build leadership skills, and identify areas where they can be leaders in their own communities.
September 29, 2008 | Jordan, Nigeria, eNews 21
In this issue we feature the groundbreaking and creative advocacy initiatives conceived by and carried out by our partner organizations in Jordan and Nigeria to see what women on the ground are doing to change the world.
May 9, 2008 | Africa, Nigeria, Leading To Choices, Leadership
In Hausa, two different words refer to a leader or leadership. The first word, shugabanci, is more popular and refers to authoritarian leadership. The second word, jagoranci, refers to horizontal leadership. At the beginning, most of the participants felt that the first definition of leadership was more significant while the second definition only refers to someone who directs others but does not have the power to actually lead. At the end of the Institute, after much debate, participants came to the decision that leadership was not the ability to impose one’s desires on others, but rather to lead the people to a shared vision of the world we wish to create.
May 9, 2008 | Africa, Nigeria, Leading To Choices, Leadership
WLP and our Nigeria partner BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights convened a National Training of Trainers Institute (TOT) in Paynesville, Liberia in May for 25 women in leadership positions at community-based organizations focusing on women’s issues.

Profile

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Executive Director / African Women's Development Fund
Nationality:  Nigeria, United Kingdom
Profession:  Activist, Philanthropist
Languages Spoken:  English
Area(s) of Expertise:  Gender and Development, Women's Human Rights
Country/Region of Expertise:  Nigeria, West Africa

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF, Nigeria/UK). AWDF is a fundraising and grantmaking organization launched in 2001 that supports African women's organizations committed to advancing women's human rights and their political and economic empowerment. Prior to her work with AWDF, Ms. Adeleye-Fayemi was Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international pan-African NGO that coordinates programs for the development of women's leadership skills and supports women's grassroots organizing.

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