In Nigeria, speaker of the house discusses possibility of amending constitution to increase number of women in parliament
Speaker of the House of Representatives Tajudeen Abbas (photo credit: HonTJAbbas via Legit)
Tajudeen Abbas, speaker of the house of representatives, says the lower legislative chamber will amend the constitution to “possibly” increase the number of women in the parliament. Abbas spoke in Abuja on [23 August] at the international conference on women in governance organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS). In March 2022, the ninth national assembly rejected all five gender bills during the consideration of the constitutional amendment bills. At the time, the bill seeking to create extra 111 seats for women and legislation on 35 percent affirmative action was rejected by the national assembly. Speaking on the gender gap in the system, Abbas decried the low participation of women in politics and governance, stressing that the bills would be introduced to bring more women on board.
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