ElectHER- a non-partisan organization focused on getting women into elective office, is proud to unveil its Agender35 campaign, a deliberate effort to significantly de-risk the process of women running for elective office and increase women’s political representation in Nigeria by 2023, through a three-point Agender; (i) set up a $10 million fund to empower 1000 women, and directly FUND 35 WOMEN to Decide, Run and Win in the 2023 elections, (ii) advocate for the legislation of a minimum 35% women’s representation quota in appointive and elective office and (iii) Sensitize voters and engage citizens on the dire need for women’s representation ahead of 2023</strong
The gross under-representation of Nigerian women in elective office poses a severe threat to nation building and socio-economic growth, given that women constitute about 50% of the population. To put this into context, Nigeria currently has the lowest representation of women across parliament in Africa, at a dismal 4.1%. In 2019, only 5 out of 73 candidates ran for the presidency and none of them were among the top three most voted candidates in the presidential race. </p
The adverse effect of this inequality gap, has led to poor policy outcomes and the low prioritization of social development over the years, crippling socio-economic progression in the country. According to Ibijoke Faborode; Co-founder & Executive Director of ElectHER, Agender35 is a movement that requires the collective effort of all critical stakeholders- citizens, the media, political parties, the private sector, the third sector but also the government. If we maintain the current level of ignorance on socio-political issues, there will be no country in the next two decades! This is why the bold support from Platform Capital Group- a critical private sector ally and Agender35 anchor partner who have committed $2million through its impact division- Diatom Impact, presents an enabling environment to effectively challenge the status quo and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships…
Abosede George-Ogan, Co-founder of ElectHER also stated, there is overwhelming evidence that shows the benefits that accrue to a society when women are in political leadership and the highest levels of power and decision making. If what we want as a people is a better Nigeria regardless of tribe, ethnicity, religion, geography, or generation, then we must unite around the Agender35 campaign and give women the opportunity they deserve so they can show us what they are capable of. I will encourage everyone who is tired, feel like giving up or those who think they have no business with politics to join us on this journey. Finally, I am calling on organizations who understand like Platform Capital Group that Nation building is a collective effort to partner with us.
With the $10 million non-partisan fund, ElectHER will provide matching funds to directly support two women to run for executive office, three women to contest senatorial seats, 15 women to run for State House of Assembly Seats, and 15 women to run for Federal House of Representatives seats. Each woman will receive a support pathway through ElectHER’s comprehensive four-step approach which is Engage, Encourage, Equip and Enable.
Over the next month ElectHER will launch a series of targeted, institutional, and crowdfunding activities including the WomenforWomen Fund, Citizen Campaign Fund for Women, HNI fundraising rounds, ElectHER Hollywood Fund…just to mention a few. Elections in Nigeria are capital intensive, as such ‘’if we are serious about achieving better outcomes in 2023, we must empower female candidates financially’’ says the Executive Director, Ibijoke Faborode.
Beyond funding, as part of the Agender35 campaign, ElectHER will launch the inaugural cycle of a first of its kind fellowship program known as the ElectHER Future Lawmakers Program (EFLP), a six-month physical and virtual fellowship to groom, equip, empower and enable 30 women that will run for the state and federal parliaments in 2023. Specific details on the fellowship including international partnerships will be published in the coming weeks.
At Platform Capital Group, our obsession with changing the African narrative is holistic and not limited to business alone. We believe that promoting women in leadership and supporting their participation in politics and policy making across all levels of society is critical to ensure the Africa of tomorrow emerges.
We are supporting Agender 35, through our partnership with ElectHER, to fund, deliver programs and resources to empower and equip women to campaign, run and be elected for office’. Says Dr. Akintoye Akindele; Chairman Platform Capital Group.
Platform Capital is an Investment and Advisory firm committed to partnering with entrepreneurs who are passionate about sustainable, inclusive, long-term growth and transformation across the African Continent.
To find out more about Agenda35, visit www.agender35.elect-her.org