A report by an indigenous non-governmental organization (NGO), the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), said that the Senate of Nigeria had had only 36 women since the birth of the current Republic in 1999.
The CITAD report revealed during training for journalists in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, says the Senate has 654 members since 1999, with 618 men and 36 female senators.
According to the report, this shows 5.5% of women and 94.5% men.
The number of female senators was deducted from Nigeria’s electoral history in the period under review, in which case the elections were held in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019 (six times), during which 109 senators were elected in each election.
The report, which delved into the archive, notes that of the 109 senators elected in 1999, only three were women; while in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019, only four, eight, seven, eight and six women were elected as senators respectively.
Further study revealed that the number of specific women would be less than 36 because some of them have served or served more than one term in the Senate, including Chief Remi Tinubu, who is serving her third term, having been elected for the first time in 2011 and re-elected twice in 2015 and 2019.
In addition, the number of men in their individuality would be less than 618, as many individuals have done or have done more than one term in the Senate.
These senators included David Mark, who was first elected in 1999 and was re-elected several times until he chose to leave in 2019.
The CITAD report attributes the poor performance of women in the Senate, among other things, gender-related hate speech, which puts women at a disadvantage.
The report notes that, during the period under review, there was a preponderance of hate speech based on gender with derogatory words and phrases used to describe women in politics.