Video: Gender Equality Advocacy in Nigeria


21 Mar 2016

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The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is seeking to address how men and women can work together in leadership when a country is undergoing a political transition through the Global Women’s Leadership Program by developing a Male Allies for Leadership Equality (MALE) training curriculum. In order to inform the development of the MALE curriculum, IFES set out to conduct focus group discussions and key informant interviews to understand how to foster the development of coalitions of women and men to advocate for more inclusive political processes. IFES’ second set of focus groups were conducted in Abuja, Nigeria in an effort to understand if and how male and female leaders were working together since the 2015 elections and given the progress Nigeria’s institutions have made on gender equality and women’s empowerment. To learn more about this effort, click here. To hear from men and women working on gender equality in Nigeria, watch the below videos.

Blessing Obidegwu, Deputy Director of Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission's Gender Division discusses her passion for promoting gender equality.

Kingsley Bagswell, Founder of the Youngstars Foundation, spoke with IFES about his perspectives about gender equality and how society should value women as equal citizens.

Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development, spoke with IFES about the importance of male allies advocating for gender equality.