Women’s Protest At National Assembly Enters Eighth Day
Women have converged on the National Assembly for the eighth day, demanding that lawmakers rescind their decision over the rejection of five gender bills in the process of the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
Some of their key demands include specific seats in the National Assembly, indigeneship of their husband’s state after five years of being together, and 35% affirmative action for women.
They insist that they will continue to picket the gate of the National Assembly till all their demands are met. The protesting women also threatened to vote out the lawmakers who voted against women in the constitutional review.
Following the first few days of the protest, members of the House, however, rescinded their decision on three out of the five bills.
According to the lawmakers, the bill will be recommended for consideration and will be part of the second batch of the constitution amendment to be presented in a couple of months.
The groups of women protesting at the National Assembly gate 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.