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

Passed in 2006, Nigeria’s National Gender Policy seeks to ensure women have equal access to opportunities. (Read our factsheet on what the numbers say about the fortunes of Nigeria’s women.)

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

But when the president announced his cabinet in 2015, only six of 37 ministers were women, or about 16%.

The appointment of environment minister Amina Mohammed as United Nations deputy secretary-general reduced this number to five, or 14% of the cabinet, in January 2017. 

In November 2017 the presidency released a list of all non-ministerial appointees. This showed just 26 of 159 appointees were women – 16% of the total. 

In March 2019, after his re-election, Buhari promised women and youth more seats in his next cabinet. When the final list of 43 ministers was released in August 2019, only seven were women

This had not changed as of May 2022. Legislators this year also knocked back bills that would have improved representation for women.  

– Africa Check, updated May 2022. First tracked in 2018, and reviewed in 2020.

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