Women’s Movement for Gender Quotas in Nigeria and Ghana

  • Ronke I. Ako-Nai Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Babatunde F. Obamamoye Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia and Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Abstract

The third wave of the international women’s movement expressly broadened the focus of women’s activism to incorporate the clamour for more political representation of women. Within the confines of the struggle, women in Nigeria and Ghana have initiated a movement for gender quotas that will improve their inclusion in decision-making processes. However, there is a paucity of scholarly work on the patterns and precipitating factors of the movement in the context of both states. Against this background, this article draws on interview data to examine the comparative dynamics of the women’s movement for gender quotas in Nigeria and Ghana. It specifically offers explanations of why and how women channel their struggle for political emancipation in both states.

Author Biographies

Ronke I. Ako-Nai, Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She is a Ford Foundation Scholar’ Her research interests include gender studies, human rights and development. E-mail: riakonai@yahoo.com.

Babatunde F. Obamamoye, Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia and Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Doctoral student at the Department of International Relations, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University, Australia. Although currently on study leave, he is equally an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. His current research interests centre on regional security, regional security cooperation and trans-border terrorist violence. E-mail:
obamamoyebabatunde@yahoo.com

Published
2018-06-12
How to Cite
AKO-NAI, Ronke I.; OBAMAMOYE, Babatunde F.. Women’s Movement for Gender Quotas in Nigeria and Ghana. Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 61-84, june 2018. ISSN 2570-7558. Available at: <http://edu.uhk.cz/africa/index.php/ModAfr/article/view/235>. Date accessed: 17 oct. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26806/modafr.v6i1.235.