The women are also protesting against the rejection of specific seats for women in the National Assembly. as well as denial of women’s inability to take indigeneship of their husband’s state after five years of being together
Earlier in the month, various women groups had occupied the gate of the National Assembly in protest against the rejection of women-related bills at plenary.
The lawmakers had rejected all women-related bills including the one seeking to give at least ten slots to women as ministers and commissioners in the federal and state governments failed at the upper legislative chamber.
The women expressed their disappointment at the outcome despite having assurances from the leadership of the house on the bills.
The groups gathered for the protest include the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWA), Women Organisation for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), Women In Business (WIMBIZ), Action Aid, Yiaga Africa, the Islamic Youth League, among others.
Gender equality was a central theme at the protest grounds as they joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD).
Many of the protesters were seen holding chains depicting the repression they have suffered and they vowed to fight on util their right to rule the nation is rightly given to them.