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Currently, are grossly underrepresented in governance and a few factors contribute to this blatant underrepresentation. Women are seldom leaders of major political parties, which are instrumental in forming future political leaders and in supporting them throughout the election process.

Gender norms and expectations also drastically reduce the pool of female candidates for selection as electoral representatives, and contribute to the multiple obstacles that women face during the electoral process.

Women are largely excluded from the executive branches of government and are also underrepresented among senior-level civil servants, legislators and judiciary. We took at the following branches of government below to see how far states have gone in advancing female representation in governance.

2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR GOVERNANCE



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF TOTAL PROPORTION*
#1


1,882,608
48.2%
#1


5,905,280
51.4%
#3


1,563,951
49.5%
#3


2,714,626
49.5%
#3


2,596,948
52.7%
#6


1,864,674
55%
#6


2,306,300
46.2%
#6


2,753,513
47.5%
#6


1,153,744
48%
#10


1,871,180
54.4%
#11


2,560,351
49.3%
#12


2,608,370
50.8%
#12


1,430,758
48.9%
#14


1,671,845
47.4%
#14


2,492,536
55.5%
#14


2,560,312
44.3%
#14


3,361,990
52.4%
#18


4,021,828
47%
#18


1,739,725
53.8%
#18


2,614,598
51.3%
#21


3,654,092
54.5%
#21


2,195,595
51.6%
#23


2,756,631
51.3%
#23


1,390,123
56%
#25


5,725,807
54.8%
#25


2,271,254
47.8%
#27


1,168,191
52.3%
#27


1,971,093
54.4%
#27


2,990,947
52.7%
#27


1,891,333
54.3%
#27


1,357,355
57.6%
#32


1,910,050
56.7%
#32


2,586,400
54.5%
#32


3,695,066
51.4%
#32


2,138,995
56.2%
#36


1,322,158
55.8%
#36


1,582,919
51.3%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
Kingmakers.com.ng Calculations



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