The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) held a one-day high level meeting on March 21, 2017 on Abuja. The meeting’s theme: The Change Women Want in 2019 and Beyond with the purpose to articulate how to reverse the downward trends in women’s participation and representation in Nigerian politics. The meeting brought together female politicians and activists, male champions, and gender focused civil society organizations (CSOs) to reflect on the challenges confronting women’s political participation and to strategize about how to improve women’s political engagement as we move towards
the 2019 general elections.
The meeting had representation from Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), European Union (EU) Delegation in Nigeria, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI), International Federation of Electoral Systems (IFES), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMoWASD), All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigerian Women Trust Fund; Women’s Right Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Equity Advocate; Change Managers; Search for Common Ground (SCG), Gender Unit of the National Assembly, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) among others.