A group under the auspices of International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA in Nigeria on Tuesday hailed the recommendation of the Joint Senate and House Committees on Constitution Review on the need to reserve more legislative seats for women in the national and state houses of assembly.
According to a statement by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Christiana Adejumo, on Tuesday, FIDA explained that the recommendation by the committee was a step in the right direction, though it still fell short of the 35 per cent affirmation benchmark in major democracies.
FIDA said the Joint Senate and House Committees on Constitution review recommended 111 additional legislative seats in the National Assembly and two additional seats per senatorial zone in state Houses of Assembly and the Federal Capital Territory for women, effective from the 2023 general elections.
The group added that it has observed how women’s participation in the elective positions had been minimal, with “significant and multi-dimensional implications for democratic project in Nigeria”.
It called on the national and state houses of assembly to ratify the committee’s recommendation.
The federation also called on the President to give his assent to improving the inclusivity of vulnerable and marginalised groups, including women, in the political process and governance in Nigeria.
This development came on the heels of the suit filed by Women in Politics Forum (WIPF) seeking the enforcement of the National Gender Policy in Nigeria as a means of addressing discrimination of women in politics and governance.
The forum had last year filed the suit against the Nigerian government at the Federal High Court in Abuja.