Women in Parliament calls for inclusion of more women in elective positions

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Women in Parliament

Women in Parliament (WIP) Committee of the National Assembly has called for inclusion of more women in elective and appointive positions in the country.

In a communique after its one-day retreat for female legislators in Lagos, the group frowned at the decline in the number of women in appointive positions in the country.

WIP Coordinator, Taiwo Oluga, commended the leadership of the Senate for the deliberate inclusion of all female senators in the Constitution Review Committee and urged the House of Representatives to do the same.

This, she said, would ensure that critical issues of concern to women were brought to the attention of the committee in both chambers.

She said the constitution, for instance, had gender insensitive words mentioned about 66 times and the Electoral Act also had gender insensitive words mentioned about 68 times.

She called on the National Assembly Constitution Review Committee to review the drafting style by deleting the descriptive pronoun ‘He’ as presented in the constitution and replacing it with ‘He or She.