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Constitutional Amendment: Protesters Storm National Assembly Over Rejected Gender Bills

Women have descended on the National Assembly to protest the outcome of the constitutional amendment vote.

Members of parliament rejected four legislation supporting women’s rights during the computerized voting procedure on Tuesday, according to Anaedoonline.ng.

Special seats for women in the legislature, a reserve quota for women on appointments, citizenship, and a 35 percent party leadership quota were all denied.

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Women’s groups from throughout the nation blocked the Federal Secretariat axis entry to the National Assembly on Wednesday to protest the legislation’ rejection.

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Security agents refused entry to the demonstrators, who demanded that lawmakers revisit the gender laws that had been rejected.

The women agreed not to leave the National Assembly gate until the legislature’s leadership spoke to them.

The national leadership, according to the demonstrators, must divulge how each MP voted on the measures.

Remember that Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, a civil rights activist, claimed that women’s groups from throughout the country will attack the national assembly in protest of the MPs’ acts.

Akiyode-Afolabi said Nigerian women are dissatisfied by the national assembly’s conduct during a virtual media conference on Tuesday.

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“The proposed gender legislation in the constitution change bills that were all rejected are measures aimed at correcting the current gender imbalance across the legislative branch of governments across the country, as well as eliminating women’s underrepresentation in political office,” she added.

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“The men of the ninth national assembly, by their actions, have taken us backwards. Their actions undermine the importance and relevance of women’s contribution to the governance of Nigeria, including the key role women play to bring victory to political parties in elections at all levels across the country.

“Nigerian women, therefore, demand that all gender bills be reconsidered. We call on the national assembly to re-present these bills as a matter of urgency and ensure that they are passed.”

 

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