“We bring more to the table” – UN Women speaks out on rejection of gender bills

Comfort Lamptey, UN Women Country Representative in Nigeria, says parliaments with more women deal with a wider range of issues.

Federal lawmakers on Tuesday voted against a bill seeking to provide special seats for women in national and state assemblies.

A bill to establish a “reserve quota” for female appointments was also defeated.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Lamptey said it was important to involve more women in the decision-making process as they bring issues to the table that otherwise would not be covered by their counterparts. masculine.

“The low representation of women in decision-making platforms also suggests that women’s participation in climate change interventions is not on par with that of their male counterparts,” she said.

“Climate change has disproportionately affected women and girls, and it also continues to challenge their ability to withstand the impact of climate change and environmental practices.

“So in a sense, the climate crisis is not gender neutral. It’s a global crisis. And it’s one where women and girls have suffered some of the biggest impacts that we see from this crisis.

“Given this image, one would think that women and girls are at the center of efforts to find solutions. Unfortunately, it is not the case. Because the needs and priorities of women and girls are systematically ignored by climate, environmental and disaster risk management policies and programs. It is therefore necessary to focus political attention on taking into account the impacts of climate change on the agenda.

“We know that here in Nigeria the Federal Ministry of Environment has an action plan. And there is the stretch that shows that we have political will and commitment to implementing this plan so that we can see results for women and girls in the country.

Speaking further, Lamptey said: “As I said earlier, we are struggling to see how, through interventions such as the passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill , affirmative action [on] special seats bill, we can increase the under-representation of women in political office in Nigeria, and this is the starting point to bring women around the table to participate in discussions, including discussions on gender and climate change.

“And we know, globally, that parliaments that have more women in them actually deal with a wider range of issues from health, to security, to climate change, we have evidence to show that.

“So this decision to have more women in decision-making. It’s not just because women have the right to be around the table, but it’s because they put on the table issues that otherwise would not be covered.

“Again, while linking this issue to our theme for International Women’s Day this year. It is imperative and urgent to have more women in decision making here in Nigeria.

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