Boost for women’s political participation

A female-focused political advocacy organisation, ElectHER, has received $100,000 in grants from Diatom Impact and the United States National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

With a one-year duration starting July 2020, ElectHER will implement activities aimed at increasing women’s political representation and leadership in Nigeria.

Diatom Impact has committed to supporting ElectHER with a grant of $50,000 for one year.

The funds will go towards setting up and launching the ElectHER Academy which will provide access to quality online and offline training for at least 1,000 women interested in politics.

The funds will also support the pioneer batch of the ElectHER Future Lawmakers Programme, a six-month intensive fellowship and incubator programme aimed at identifying young women and equipping them with the tools, network, and resources they need to become Future Lawmakers in Nigeria.

Director of Impact and Research at Diatom lmpact, Dr Anna Bethune, said: “We are so excited to see the change ElectHer will make in Nigerian politics in the coming years. Female political leadership is vital to the development of a functioning democracy and equitable society.”

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