NILS, CSOs seek more women in National Assembly

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In Nigeria
Jul 31st, 2014
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Until the number of women legislators in the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly increases, gender-based bills will continue to be difficult to pass, the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) has said.

The institute noted that the number of women lawmakers in the country, which is only seven per cent, is inimical to the interest of women and other vulnerable groups in the country.

NILS Director-General, Dr Ladi Hamalai, who gave the figure yesterday in Abuja, regretted that the small number of women lawmakers was causing the failure of gender-based bills across the country.

She spoke at an advocacy training programme for civil society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs), organised by NILS in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Democratic Governance (for Development (DGD).

The expert said there should advocacy for an increase in the number of women in the next elections to solve the problem.

Hamalai said: “The low participation of women in politics, just seven per cent, is unacceptable. It is what makes it almost impossible to pass bills that are gender sensitive.

“There is need for advocacy for more cooperation between female legislators and CSOs, especially those involved in women issues.”

She urged women parliamentarians to engage CSOs and other organisations involved in the cause of women.

In her presentation, a former director in the Presidency and Executive Director of Gender Awareness Trust Dr. Lydia Umar said the adoption of an increased quota by political parties is the quickest way to achieve a significant increase in the number of women in politics.


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