Gendered Contests: PTCIJ, John Hopkins University partner on Women in Competitive Elections

9:39am, RA 01, PU 005, Owode Market Square, Okuku with total number of 675 registered voters, voting is in progress, There's a structured like setting here as the voting premises are well confined with ropes, the party agents are seated, voters are queuing from a long distance range while there's also a secluded area for voters to check the registration list.
9:39am, RA 01, PU 005, Owode Market Square, Okuku with total number of 675 registered voters, voting is in progress, There's a structured like setting here as the voting premises are well confined with ropes, the party agents are seated, voters are queuing from a long distance range while there's also a secluded area for voters to check the registration list.

The Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), Abuja, in partnership with the African Studies programme of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, D.C. is conducting a gendered analysis of the 2019 Nigerian elections.

The project is headed by Dr Chiedo Nwankwor, whose work at Johns Hopkins SAIS focuses on Gender Studies and Identity Politics in Africa. The project will make inquiry into the gender dimensions of electoral processes in Nigeria, highlighting the role that gender equality plays in building democratic societies.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), current data indicate a gender voter registration gap of about six per cent, with 52.86 per cent male registered against women’s 47.14 per cent, foreshadowing a voting gender gap.

The project will examine changing conceptions of gender in society, factors that induce and limit women’s political participation, their impact on governance outcomes and interrogate the persistence of male dominance in politics.

Johns Hopkins SAIS brings decades of scholarly research that combines rigorous theoretical research with policy-focused scholarship. Furthermore, the African Studies programme boasts consistent scholarship with a focus on the African continent and Nigeria, in particular. PTCIJ lends its robust work on investigative journalism in Nigeria, which creates an intersection between journalism, technology, data sciences and decision sciences for the promotion of accountability and development.

This project will deploy teams to each of the 109 senatorial districts in the country. The polls will examine past political behaviour and current voting patterns in the recent presidential and state elections.

Dr Nwankwor will be assisted by Elor Nkereuwem, a doctoral candidate at the Johns Hopkins SAIS. The project team in PTCIJ will be headed by Oluwatosin Alagbe. Ms Alagbe is the deputy programme director at PTCIJ.

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