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Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women

  • When made: 2015

  • Where made: My Covenant with Nigerians

Passed in 2006, Nigeria’s National Gender Policy seeks to ensure women have equal access to opportunities.

President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to implement it and cede 35% of appointive positions to women. (Note: The party’s manifesto later trimmed this down to 30%.)

When the president announced his cabinet in 2015, six of its 37 ministers were women, or about 16%.

The taking up of the UN deputy secretary-general position by environment minister Amina Mohammed reduced the number of women to 5, or 14% of the cabinet.

A list of non-ministerial appointees released in November 2017 by the presidency showed 26 women out 159 appointees - 16% of the total.  -Africa Check, May 2018