With some 24 days to go before the presidential election, Canadian High Commissioner for Nigeria Jamie Christoff has said that Nigeria has one of the lowest representations of women in politics in the world.

Christoff had this to say at the launch of the election security assessment, a gender perspective ahead of the 2023 general election.

Discussing the threats, vulnerabilities and opportunity cost of prevailing insecurity in Abuja, Christoff said yesterday that women’s playing a greater role in decision-making, particularly at the political level, contributes to governance that it works for everyone.

“While some progress has been made in advancing the criteria, more work remains to be done. These issues become particularly visible during election periods, specifically, we are witnessing alarming acts of violence, harassment and intimidation targeting politically active women in many parts of the country.

“The safety of women as critical stakeholders in Nigeria and the democratic process cannot be overstated; That’s why we strongly believe in our partnership with an ElectHer, a civil society group under the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives program.

“The High Commissioner of Canada is proud to partner with ElectHer in our efforts to mitigate violence against women in the context of elections and raise public awareness on these issues as well,” she said.

In her opening remarks, ElectHer CEO Ibijoke Faborode said that the report they are launching focuses on looking at trends, vulnerability and also the opportunity cost of insecurity in the 2023 general election, adding that “We are at a very defining period in Nigerian history, and that is why the release of this report is very important.”