The report recommends the transformation of the legislative arm to promote gender equality

A recent report from the non-profit organization Agora Policy has recommended a transformation of the legislative arm to a gender-sensitive one capable of creating laws that can address the root causes of inequality in the country.

The report said this would serve as a tool to change existing social and cultural constructions of inequality.

Gender Equality and Sociopolitical Inclusion: The report noted that some countries around the world often use some form of electoral quota as a vehicle to correct the historical marginalization of women and accelerate inclusion.

  • In this sense, the report expressed its support for some bills recently presented to the National Assembly by the Women’s Movement to promote the political inclusion of women.
  • One of the bills seeks to amend sections 48, 49 and 91 of the constitution to create additional seats for women in national and state legislatures, while the Affirmative Action Bill aims to specifically amend Section 223 of the constitution to guarantee that women occupy at least 35% in the administration of political parties and appointed positions.
  • Likewise, the bill for the nomination of ministers and commissioners seeks to modify articles 147 and 192 so that at least 35% of the nominees are women.
  • In addition, it recommended that the National Assembly amend Nigeria’s electoral laws to insert inclusion and gender equality clauses. This would force political parties to nominate and support qualified female candidates.

Inclusion of youth in governance: for youth inclusion in federal, state, and local governments, the report suggested adequate representation of youth in appointed positions beyond media or youth-focused roles.

Similarly, he suggested undertaking legislative reforms to create a legal environment conducive to the inclusion of youth in decision-making in the national and state legislature.

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  • It added that political parties must allocate voluntary quotas to young people (women and men) to participate in elections and hold positions not related to youth in the leadership and party bodies,
  • It also recommended the need to promote youth inclusion through strategic advocacy with key institutions, capacity building, and research to harness and analyze trends and data on youth inclusion.

Inclusion of PCD in Governance: People with disabilities (PWDs) face high levels of discrimination in Nigeria due to the widespread practice of ableism. To encourage the inclusion of PWDs, the report recommended the following:

  • Address the data gap by ensuring a robust breakdown by the National Statistics Office and other critical stakeholders based on the number of people with disabilities by location, demographic distribution, type of disability and specific needs.
  • Promote the implementation of the Disability Law at all levels to protect the rights of PWDs and impose sanctions on offenders, such as fines and imprisonment for people who discriminate against PWDs.
  • A national revolution to ensure a barrier-free society and the removal of physical barriers in the environment to speed up a complete overhaul of the current order.
  • Include voluntary quotas in constitutions to guarantee substantive inclusion in activities and nomination as candidates.
  • Implementation of the 5% employment quota for people with disabilities enshrined in the Disability Act by government at all levels and provision of tax incentives for private sector organizations that make reasonable accommodations/adjustments to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.

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