The House of Representatives Committee on Women in Parliament yesterday in Abuja said it will relate with other notable international parliaments including the Commonwealth Women in Parliament to ensure effective representation of women in political positions in the country as well as tackle issues of right and abuses.
The Chairman of the Committee Representative Taiwo Oluga (Osun, APC) made this known at the Committee’s inaugural meeting where the 8 membered committee adopted an action plan for its operations.
Representative Oluga in her opening remarks stated that the Committee will liase with the Senate leadership on issues relating to women representation in the Federal Executive Council and other agencies of government with the aim of achieving at least 35% women incision in governance at at all levels in Nigeria .
She stated that the Committee will work in partnership with Ministry of Women Affairs, NAPTIP and sister agencies to curb incidences of human trafficking, female child prostitution and defend the provisions of the Child Rights Act.
Rep. Oluga further disclosed that the Committee would take the classic example of success of women in politics in Rwanda with 68% of women population as lawmakers and 50% as Cabinet members and Supreme Court Judges.
The lawmaker while calling for more active involvement of women into elective positions at the national and state houses of assemblies also decried a situation where only eleven women were elected into the national legislature saying it is not acceptable.
The chairperson also said that that the Committee would be organizing annual Women in Parliament Week where distinguished women from all over the world will be presenting papers on issues affecting women and other mentorship sessions for young girls.
A member of the Committee Representative Dr. Zainab Gimba (Borno, APC) also chellenged the Committee to ensure that Nigerian women are well trained and equiped to vie for leadership positions in regional and international Parliamentary organisations.
The Committee members while adopting the document as dubbed an Action Plan to streamline these resolutions said the document would guide the operations of the House Committee……..