Nigeria’s House of Representatives Reconsider 3 Gender Bills

Nigerias House of Representatives Reconsider 3 Gender Bills
Nigerias House of Representatives Reconsider 3 Gender Bills

Three gender measures that were previously rejected by the House of Representatives have been approved to be reconsidered.

This follows years of pressure from civil society organizations, human rights advocates, and others.

Some ladies are demonstrating in front of the National Assembly at the moment. Protesters are urging legislators to reconsider bills that hurt women.

The lawmakers voted against five gender bills on March 1, including bills to provide special seats for women in the national and state houses of assembly, reserve quotas for women on appointments, expand the scope of citizenship by registration, provide for affirmative action for women in political party administration, and establish criteria for qualification to become a Nigerian indigene.

The House, however, debated the 68 Bills as part of the ongoing Constitutional amendment on Tuesday, and decided to reconsider “Expansion of the Scope of Citizenship by Registration,” “Affirmative Action for Women in Political Party Administration,” and “Qualification to Become an Indigene of a State in Nigeria.”

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced the decision, saying that the House had decided to revisit the Bills in order to provide women with the necessary impetus to engage in national affairs.

He stated that the previous decision on the Bills will be reversed, and the Bill would be recommitted to the next round of Bills consideration, which would be held soon.

Abubakar Hassan Fulata (APC, Jigawa), Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, proposed suspending the applicable House rules.

The House had suspended its applicable norms, according to Fulata, in order to readmit the Bills for reconsideration and passage.

The Speaker, however, stated that, while the decision may be exceptional, the House is permitted by the Constitution to change its norms as required.

He also mentioned that they might seek senate harmonisation.

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