International Journal of Business & Law Research 3(1):66-70, Jan-Mar 2015 (ISSN: 2360-8986)



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IGBO LEADERSHIP AND THE GENDER RIGHTS DIMENSION: ANAMBRA STATE IN FOCUS


Dr.Sylvia Chika IFEMEJE1*; Nneka, UMEJIAKU2 (LL.M) & Odoh Ben URUCHI3 (LL.M)
1Associate Professor of Laws,
Faculty of Law, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
2Lecturer, Faculty of Law, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
3Lecturer, Faculty of Law Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, Nigeria
Email: Sylvia.ifemeje@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The paper observes that despite the UN resolution on 35% Affirmative action plan, Nigerian women generally and Igbo women in particular still face a legion of institutionalized marginalization and relegation to the background in Nigerian political elections and appointments. It dissects the progress made by women in political leadership at both federal and state levels with particular focus on Anambra state. The paper observes that the Nigerian government at the federal level has fulfilled its promise of 35 percent appointment of women in key political government positions, however, most of the state governments, (Anambra state in particular) are yet to achieve this feat, from available statistical data. The paper further dissects the factors that have hindered Nigerian women generally and Igbo women in particular from making giant strides in Nigerian politics and leadership. The paper concludes by recommending inter-alia the full implementation of UN affirmative plan in Anambra state, in view of the fact that the few women who have been given the opportunity to serve have excelled and carved a niche for themselves in Nigerian political scene.
Key Words: Igbo women, gender rights, political appointments, political participation