International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) AFRICA, in full solidarity on the quest by Nigerian women to be more relevant in the geopolity has urged the 9th National Assembly not to deny them this noble aspiration.
A statement signed by Regional Vice Presidents, Joy Ezeigbo and Laura Nyirinkindi appealed to the National assembly to grant the five demands by the women as follows:
…It is unjust to decline citizenship to the foreign- born husband of a Nigerian woman, while on the contrary, a Nigerian man foreign-born wife gets automatic citizenship.
…It is unconscionable to deny women the ability to take indigeneship of their husband’ s state after several years of being together.
…It is unfair to reject 35% appointed positions for women who make up more than 50% of the population.
…It is only equitable to allow women 35% affirmative action in party administration and leadership to bridge the existing huge gap
…It is not unreasonable to demand specifically 111 seats for women in the National Assembly
FIDA AFRICA while insisting that Nigerian women are relevant and capable, therefore requested the National Assembly to reconsider these demands in the spirit of justice, equity and fairness.
It will be recalled that a coalition of 229 women groups condemned the National Assembly for rejecting all gender bills during the voting on the amendments to the 1999 Constitution on Tuesday.
The groups, in a statement, described as sad the lawmakers’ decision to deny women the opportunity of inclusion and representation in governance by voting against the gender bills.
The National Assembly, they said, has spoken loud and clear that it does not want progress for society – for mothers, aunties, sisters, wives, and for daughters.
Some of the groups listed in the unsigned statement are Action Aid Nigeria, African Women’s Initiative (AWI) and Amnesty International Nigeria.
Others are EiE Nigeria, UN Women and 1 Stand to End Rape (STER)
The lawmakers , on Tuesday, voted on 68 bills that seek to alter the Constitution.