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STAKEHOLDERS MEET ON WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN ELECTIVE OFFICE SUPPORT BILL

Posted: 2019-01-31


Reprieve is coming the way of Nigerian women seeking political office as a Bill seeking to support women participation in elective political positions is on the way. Titled 'Women Participation in Elective Support Bill 2018" the bill will affirm the international standard that the right of citizens of Nigeria to participate in politics do not depend on whether they are male or female.

Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq while briefing stakeholders on the Bill in Abuja Wednesday, noted that women participation in the political process through Election Gender Quotas (EGQs) contributed in good governance and has achieved significant milestone throughout the world. According to him countries like Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have taken constitutional and legal steps to increase women's participation in elective posts for political progress of their countries.

Such participation he noted is grounded in the rights of women as recognized by regional as well as international instruments to which Nigeria is a party. Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations, Edward Kallon stated that with the growing population of Nigeria half of which are made up of women, the country cannot but carry along women in her development strides. He called for adequate sensitization on the Bill to carry along all the stakeholders especially men in the Parliament to support the passage of the Bill. Chairperson Transition Monitoring Group, Ms Abiola Akiode called for a paradigm shift in the role of women in politics.

The Stakeholders meeting was aimed at scaling up advocacy for the enactment into Law. The Women Participation in Elective Office Support Bill 2018. The Bill underwent a second reading this January 2019. The Stakeholders /media briefing was organized by the National Human Rights Commission with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


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