Constitutional Review: Women Group Wants Special Seats In Fed., State Legislative Houses

By Joy Gadani

The Women Political Participation Technical Working Group has suggested the creation of additional special seats for women in both Federal and State Legislative Houses.

Under it, the Group Wants two seats for women from the 36 States and FCT  as well as House of Reps, while one additional Senate seat be created in each of the States for women.

These are part of the Memo submitted by the Group to the Senate Committee on Constitutional Review at its public hearing in Kaduna on Wednesday.

The Women’s stance, according to the Group, would enhance their participation in governance.

It further reaffirmed its stance to ensure equitable women participation in government through at least, 35% women representation on appointment into offices at Federal and State levels

While noting the importance of gender neutral and sensitive language in the Constitutional, the Group also wants gender as a benchmark for Federal Character.

The Group says it strong believes that these temporary but necessary measures would enhance inclusive governance which the women had been earnestly yearning for.

The 152 member Women Political Participation Technical Working Group cut across the Federation.

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