A group comprising leaders of women’s movement and concerned citizens has emphasized that there are qualified and ranking women among the elected National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly who are capable of serving in the position of a deputy speaker.
According to the group, gender equity is critical to sustainable development, and Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind in this regard.
Speaking on behalf of the group, the Executive Director, Gender Technical Unit (GTU) in the National Assembly, Ekwunife Anazonwu, also called on the current President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu to show support for women in parliament by prioritizing their participation.
The group emphasized that the President had made a commitment to this effect and must be seen to follow through with his promise.
“More than ever, we demand that a woman be elected as the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives; at least two women be elected as main Principal officer in the House of Representatives; that women from both houses are elected to chair Grade A committees; more resources be allocated to pursue an equal society.
“It is vital for legislatures to reflect the rich tapestry of their constituents.
“By consciously repositioning the few elected women, legislatures can benefit from a wide range of perspectives and experiences, leading to better decision-making, fairer policies, and a stronger democracy.”
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