In Nigeria women constitute an expansive block of the electorate, for example in the 2015 general elections, 45,888,984 registered voters were women, while 22,944,984 were men. Despite being the larger block of the electorate, women occupy less than 7 percent of positions in government (elective and appointive) in the country.
THE CONVERGENCE is an event which aims to double the percentage of women in political and elective office from 7% to 14% in 2019 by bringing together female aspirants and female mobilizers for an intensive 2 days workshop on how to effectively participate in politics. The idea is to learn from those who have practical experience in contesting and winning elections as women in Nigeria and Africa.
Chude Jideonwo, Founder, RED Media and Joy, Inc. and author of How to Win Elections in Africa will be one of the headlining speakers at this year’s edition of the conference.
Other speakers include, Hon Dr Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay(former Deputy Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament and Former Speaker Gambia Assembly), Proscovia Alengot Oromait( Uganda’s youngest member of parliament), Sam Itodo(#NotTooYoungToRun), Aisha Osori(Social Activist, Author, Gender Advocate), Senator Stella Oduah ( Chairperson ECOWAS women In Parliament), Isaac Onoja (Emotional Intelligence Expert), Hon Omosede Gabriella Igbinedion ( Member House of Representatives), Abike Dabiri (SSA on Diaspora to the President )