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Sen. Olujimi wants 30% women representation in ECOWAS Parliament enforced

By Lizzy Okoji

Senator Biodun Olujimi, ECOWAS Member of Parliament representing Nigeria, said 30 percent representation of women in parliament should be implemented, in line with ECOWAS gender policy.

She said this while addressing reporters at the end of the ECOWAS Parliament’s high-level seminar during its second extraordinary session in Winneba, Ghana.

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Olujimi, representing Ekiti South in the Nigerian Senate, denounced the low representation of Nigerian women legislators in the sub-regional parliament, compared to their male counterparts.

She said that of the thirty-five members of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, only two were women, adding that the ECOWAS Parliament should ensure that member states comply with the provisions of the gender policy. of ECOWAS.

“This was a very big problem for us because the Eighth National Assembly had about five women in parliament out of 35. We thought it was low, until we came and found out there were only two of us this year. times.

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“And ECOWAS has a gender policy that says at least 30 percent must be donated to the chamber.

“But, Nigeria is a signatory to all forms of Protocols all over the world, but has never been able to domesticate them and use the Protocols.

“Sometimes I wonder what the benefits are of signing protocols when you know you’re not going to do anything about them.

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“I think the time has come for ECOWAS to inform the National Assemblies of each of the 15 Member States that there is a gender policy and that whenever we consider parliamentarians, 30% should be given to gender. feminine.

“And that will evaporate down the line as well, because it means that if you elect people to your country’s parliament, you now know that you have to be able to put in enough room.

“So that when you get there, you can still have enough to get into ECOWAS or the Commonwealth Parliament. It’s essential, ”said Olujimi.

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The senator also expressed optimism that Nigeria will produce a female president in the not too distant future, saying women are already starting to gain momentum in the Nigerian political space.

She urged women, however, to continue supporting each other, enlisting the support of men to ensure that women seize some of their opportunities.

“I see hope, a bright future, because for a very long time we didn’t agree that we had a problem, we were all busy fighting against each other rather than fighting the system that refused to take us out.

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“But now we have seen that the system is not ready to do anything for us unless we do it for ourselves and so we started to work hard on it.

“In my party all the women got together and said we wanted a national vice president and today they are at the party secretariat, a lot of them making the shape of a woman and saying, you have to give us this one.

“By the time we create such movements, people will know that we are not kidding. And the minute the parties know we’re not kidding, then the coast will be free.

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“I see it on the horizon because it operates across political lines,” Olujimi said.

Olujimi, who also intends to run for governor in the June 18, 2022 election in Ekiti state, said she hopes to win.

Source: NAN

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