Policy brief: Nigeria’s 2023 General Election
Foggy mirroring of women's, children's, girls' and youth issues
This policy brief provides Plan International Nigeria’s position and call for better inclusion of girls, women, youth and people with disabilities in political parties' plans and manifestos ahead of Nigeria's General Election in 2023.
Nearly all political parties in Nigeria appear to make provisions for children, girls, women and youth in their constitutions and manifestoes.
A detailed survey of these documents by Plan International Nigeria reveals some startling revelations about the lack of detailed attention and a rather foggy mirroring of the issues affecting women, children, girls and youth in the country.
This is in spite of the fact that females make up 49.47% of the total population as of December 2021. They also account for 47.50% of registered voters for the 2023 General Election in the country.
Apart from the fundamental rights of individuals enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, female voters should be a constituency of interest to political office seekers.
This policy brief provides Plan International Nigeria’s position and call for better inclusion of girls, women, youth and people with disabilities in their plans and manifestos.
Recommendations for political parties
The policy brief urges political parties to:
- Develop gender-transformative and education in crisis plans to ensure inclusivity in education for all children
- Develop a women’s economic and livelihood development plan that will include economic recovery for women in the humanitarian context
- Develop a youth, women’s and children’s peace building mechanism plan that will be all-inclusive and will ensure sustainability
- Have an integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights and primary health care agenda that will ensure adolescent girls’ health and the sexual and reproductive health of women.
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Education, Girls Get Equal, Protection from violence, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Youth empowerment, child marriage, Child protection in emergencies, Gender-based violence, girls’ leadership, Maternal health