Women Political Empowerment (WPE)
UN Women works closely with government institutions, including Federal and State Ministries of Women Affairs, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Institute for Democratic and Legislative Studies. We also support Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to demand the passing of equality bills that promote equal representation of women in politics through the Women Political Participation Partner’s Working Group.
Recognizing the negative effect patriarchal and societal norms have on women’s participation in leadership, UN Women works closely with political parties and media to dismantle harmful stereotypes and party processes. In collaboration with women mediator groups and the women’s situation room, UN Women’s interventions further address violence against women in politics. These interventions seek to shift public perception of women’s leadership and positively portray women leaders.