The Nigerian Legislative house, the House of Representatives, at its plenary on Tuesday condemned all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and discrimination against women, including forced marriages, genital mutilation, and other forms of injustices.
The House on the occasion of the 2016 International Day for Women also pledged its alliance and encouragement to efforts that are in support of women who are victims of ‘GBV’.
These followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha (Abia PDP) who also called for the promotion of gender parity to ensure that women are given the same opportunities and motivation in work places.
In the same manner, Speaker Yakubu Dogara has called on political parties to provide room for more political participation and representation from Nigerian women. He assured that the eighth assembly would push gender friendly legislation to improve the lot of women in all sectors of the economy. Dogara added, “the representation of women in government leaves a lot to be desired, but on our part, the women in the House hold key positions in their respective committees and this is just one step towards demonstrating that indeed, the eighth House does not subscribe to gender bias and acknowledges the strength in not just the women who are members, but in Nigerian women as a whole,”
The contribution and importance of women in sustaining democracy cannot be over-looked.