Women protest at National Assembly gate against rejected bills
Hundreds of thousands of Nigerian women descended on the National Assembly on Tuesday to show their displeasure at the rejection of several proposals pertaining to women during the plenary session.
Among other things, a measure attempting to allocate at least ten ministerial and commissionerial positions in the federal and state governments failed in the upper legislative body of the legislature.
There are a total of 88 senators who have registered to vote. 44 senators voted in favor, 43 senators voted against, and one senator abstained.
It was not possible to pass the law, which was intended to ensure the inclusion of women in decision-making, since it did not get the 73 votes required to pass.
The ladies expressed dissatisfaction with the legislation, despite having received promises from the leadership of the house on their passage.
As a consequence, the National Assembly’s main gate was closed.
The ladies asserted that gender equality is a development problem rather than a feminist one.
They are urging legislators to reconsider the legislation that were previously rejected.