NASS: Reps. pass Bill to reserve 74 seats for women

Reps pass Bill on women

A Bill seeking to create 74 seats for women in the National Assembly has passed second reading in the House of Representatives, yesterday. The move was aimed at encouraging more female participation in politics. Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu and 12 other lawmakers, the proposed legislation seeks to alter Sections 48, 49, 71, and 117 of the Constitution to create one “special seat reserved exclusively for women in the Senate and House of Representatives for each State of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT)”. Leading the…

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‘Economic hardship making some husbands figureheads; marriages now boring’ – Nigerian wives lament

Nigerian women

Some Nigerian women, in separate interviews on Sunday in Lagos, narrated the huge economic challenges confronting them in sustaining homes. A mother of four, Abiola Dipeolu, who said the family currently spends a lot of money to keep the home running, said she used to save some money from the monthly allowance she received from her husband, said the reverse was the case now, as feeding allowance hardly sustained the family for two weeks. “Marriage is boring and uninteresting because the time for husband and wife to be together has…

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Millions of women, girls suffering in silence, as sanitary pad prices soar

Sanitary pads

Over 37 million Nigerian women and girls face the grim reality of period poverty, unable to afford sanitary pads, according to former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen. ​This dire situation has worsened due to skyrocketing prices, leaving many unable to work or attend school. According to a published report yesterday, which delved into the struggles of Nigerian women and girls coping with menstrual hygiene, the cost of sanitary pads has surged, with some brands now selling for as high as N2,980. Quoting a widow and mother of three teenage…

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The Month of October and Women in Peace and Conflict Situations

By; Abubakar Ahmed Introduction As the call for more commitment and strong political will by governments in order to actualize the lofty potentials of women keeps resonating and reverberating across the globe, the need to encourage their activity in politics and governance, decision-making processes and in leadership positions have become an important endeavor more than ever before. However, for this lofty ideal to be achieved there is the need to break the cycle of violence and oppression against women which stands in the way of their effective utilization as human…

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National Gender Policy: “We won’t accept less than 35 percent appointive positions” -Women tell Tinubu

Ahead of the May 29 presidential inauguration, Nigerian women on Monday urged President-elect, Bola Tinubu to enforce the National Gender Policy by allotting 35 per cent of appointments in the public sector to women. According to them, the president-elect should adhere to the rule of law and mainstream women in appointive offices, adding that they won’t accept anything less than 35 per cent of the appointive positions. They made the demand at a press briefing organised by female legislators and the Women Trust Fund in Abuja. The call came amid…

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Centre sensitises women on electoral apathy

WSCI at a news briefing in Abuja.

Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI) has reiterated its determination to curb marginalisation of women, apathy and passiveness in the electoral process through enhance participation in the 2023 general election. The centre’s Project Officer, Mrs Precious Uwubiti, stated this at a news conference, on Thursday in Abuja. Uwubiti stated that the centre had executed projects in five communities in two Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory aimed at increasing young females’ participation in the 2023 general election. She emphasised the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)…

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INEC tells women to eschew material, monetary inducement for election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has appealed to women to vote wisely and shun all monetary and material inducements during the forthcoming elections. Mrs Pauline Onyeka, the INEC’s Ebonyi State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC, made the call on Thursday in Abakaliki at a one-day town hall sensitisation meeting with women groups and gender-focused civil society organisations (CSOs). Onyeka said that women’s participation in politics meant participation in the development process urging them to show effective commitment to the forthcoming elections to enthrone credible leadership. She said that monetary and…

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Aisha Buhari tasks new NCWS leadership on women unity 

The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has called for unity of all women’s groups in the country. Buhari gave the charge when she received the newly-elected 15th National Executive Members of the National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) led by its President, Lami Lau, at the State House, Abuja. She said the body was recognised for its ability to unite the diverse women groups across the country. “President, as you know, the task of uniting women groups of different interests under one umbrella may be overwhelming. “Especially, when each of these groups…

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Women challenged on engaging critical stakeholders, media on electoral process

Women have been challenged to engage critical stakeholders in the electoral process as well the media to set agenda for political leaders. This came to the fore at a one day engagement facilitated by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL with citizens groups, women and media in Kaduna. Chaired by Abel Adejoh, the session is expected to strengthen citizens voice including women and other normally excluded groups to articulate their demands to be used in engaging the electoral cycle and hold elected representatives to account base on their commitments. Participants are also…

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