NILDS International Women Conference: Call for Conference Abstracts and Papers

NILDS International Women Conference: Call for Conference Abstracts and Papers

Abuja, Nigeria (23-24 August 2023)

  1. Introduction
    Abstracts and Papers should be submitted in MS Word format via this email:
    Despite accounting for 49.72% and 49.47% of the global and
    Nigerian population, women continue to be under-represented at the
    national, state, and local levels compared to their male counterparts.
    Though the extant policy framework in Nigeria recommends 35%
    affirmative action in favour of women, their representation in
    governance, remains below 7%. Although there have been concerted
    efforts by the government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), donor
    agencies and international partners towards ensuring increased
    representation of women in politics and governance, gaps still
    It is in this respect that the National Institute for Legislative and
    Democratic Studies (NILDS) is organizing an international
    conference on women’s representation in governance. This is line
    with NILDS mandate to foster intellectual discussions and
    engagements on issues related to democratic development in Nigeria.
    The conference, which is to hold on the 23rd and 24th of
    August 2023 in Abuja, is geared towards taking a prognosis of the
    challenges that women face in political representation in governance,
    and proffer solutions.

Guidelines for Submission
Well-researched papers are invited for submission from scholars and
practitioners. Depending on the sub-themes, priority will be given to evidence based papers. Submissions are to comply with the following:
i. Abstracts of not more than 500 words, with five (5) key words placed
immediately below the abstract, to be submitted not later than 15th of
May, 2023;
ii. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be communicated not later than
31st May, 2023, and would be required to submit full-length papers and
power point presentations.
iii. Full-length papers and power point presentations of accepted abstracts are
to be submitted not later than 31st July, 2023.
Submissions of full-length papers are to comply with the following:
i. 6000 to 8000 word count inclusive of Tables, Graph, Diagrams, and
ii. 12 font size.
iii. 1.5 line spacing.
iv. Times New Roman Character.
v. APA 7
th Edition referencing style (
vi. All papers shall be written in not more than six (6) sub-heads from
introduction to recommendation/conclusion.
vii. An abstract of not more than 250 words with five (5) key words placed
immediately below the abstract

Conference Sub-Themes:
Papers are invited from the following sub-themes:
i. Conceptualization
a) Historiography of Women Participation
and Representation Globally;
b) Theories of Women Political Participation
ii. Women and the Political Party System in Nigeria
iii. Women, Elections, and the Electoral Process in
iv. Poverty, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and
the SDGs
v. Constitution, Citizenship, and Women’s Rights in
vi. Gender Norms and Socio-Cultural Practices in
vii. Girl Child and Educational Policy in Nigeria
viii. International Gender Protocols and Legislation in
ix. Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) and National Development
x. Conflict, Peace-building, Humanitarian
Emergencies, and Gender Dimension
xi. Inclusiveness of Women with Disabilities in
Politics and Governance
xii. Climate change, and women’s participation and
representation in governance
xiii. Cross country perspectives on women
xiv. Women and Sports Development in Nigeria
xv. Civil Society Organization and Agenda Setting for
Gender Representation in the Fourth Republic

Funding and Publication
• Authors of accepted papers from outside Abuja
will be provided with a return economy class air
ticket (or mileage where applicable), as well as
lodging, and feeding for the duration of the
• Papers from outside the country would be
presented virtually. A virtual platform will be
• All papers presented will be peer-reviewed for
publication as book chapters by NILDS

Announcer: Emily E. Ikhide, Ph.D
Research Fellow/Chairperson,
NILDS International Conference 2023

Abstracts and Papers should be submitted in MS Word format via this email:


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