As the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the constitution in its current form alludes to the ‘male-as-norm’ ideology and the relegation to anonymity of the female gender.
Without the appropriate legislative provisions that mandate equity and fairness, increased women’s representation is nothing but wishful thinking!
Last year, ElectHER submitted a memo to the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.
Last week the Senate President- Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan announced a resolution by the Senate, to amend the Nigerian Constitution to ensure gender parity, enact laws to improve the fortunes of women and girls, and expunge provisions that infringes on their rights.
This is indeed a welcome development as we look forward to a swift, progressive, inclusive, transparent and accountable review process.
Read more about the memo here :