Nigeria: Low Number of Female Lawmakers Stalling Passage of Gender Bills

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Nigeria: Low Number of Female Lawmakers Stalling Passage of Gender Bills

The National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS) has identified the low number of women in Nigerian parliament as the reason for the failure of gender-based bills in the legislature, adding that it is unacceptable that only seven per cent of lawmakers are women.

Director general of the institute, Dr Ladi Hamalai, while speaking yesterday at a round table organised by NILS and UNDP/DGD for civil societies and community based organisations in Abuja said advocacy must be explored towards ensuring an increase in the next elections.

While urging female parliamentarians to engage civil societies and other organisations involved in the cause of women, she lamented that, "The low participation of women in politics, just seven per cent is unacceptable", adding, "It is what makes it almost impossible to pass bills that are gender sensitive. There is need for advocacy for more cooperation between female legislators and civil society organisations, especially those involved in women issues".

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