Women’s Political Participation and Politics of Disempowerment in Abia State of Nigeria

C. Jaja Nwanegbo, Jude Odigbo


The paper examines women's political participation in Abia State of Nigeria with a view to determining the factors that constrain women’s equal representation in the political system. Women's political involvement in Abia State has remained increasingly low in spite of decades of struggle to ensure gender equity and women’s empowerment. This paper in addition to other known factors, situates the problem on the present trend of designating specific portfolios to women, which was intended to provide the women the opportunity of being represented in the policy making positions and processes in the polity. This in the opinion of the paper undermines, if not completely diminishes women’s drive to vie or aspire for other contestable (and even appointable) positions which would advance gender equity. In other words boxing women into one position dooms their chances. It is the view of the paper that there is need for a paradigm shift from the hitherto empowerment agenda to providing level playing ground that would enthrone gender equity. This has become necessary in view of the fact that women participation in politics has a potential of driving more and reasonable resource into community and national development. This study relied on the Chronological Analytic Approach in analysis and adopted the theory of representation as its theoretical guide.

Keywords: Women, Political participation, Politics of disempowerment, Abia State.

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