Reps Plan Special Parliamentary Seats for Women – Deputy Speaker

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, has announced that the House is deliberating on a bill aimed at reserving special seats for women in parliament.

Kalu made this announcement at the 2nd Women of Divine Destiny Initiative (WODDI) Inspiring Women Summit 2024 in Owerri, Imo State. The summit, themed “Illuminating the Power of an Inspired Woman,” focused on empowering women to achieve their dreams.

WODDI, a non-profit organization, was founded by Dr. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, wife of the former Imo State Governor.

The Deputy Speaker highlighted that the bill, titled the “Seat Reservation Bill,” was recently introduced in parliament and is co-sponsored by himself and several colleagues. The proposed legislation seeks to amend the 1999 Constitution to allocate special seats for women in the legislature. Kalu emphasized that, if passed, the bill would significantly advance women’s representation in politics.

“We must acknowledge, however, that in a society striving for equitable development, addressing fundamental issues like gender equality and inclusiveness is imperative,” Kalu stated.

He noted that women and girls constitute 49.32% of Nigeria’s population and that their representation in institutions and governance needs urgent attention.

He also highlighted the efforts of the Peace in South East Project, a social development initiative prioritizing gender issues. Kalu praised Dr. Nkechi Rochas Okorocha for organizing the summit and urged participants to fully unleash their potential, now that they have been rightly motivated

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