Ambassador of Denmark and EU Gender Champion in Nigeria, Jasper Kamp has urged the National Assembly and other stakeholders to ensure passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill in Nigeria.
Mr Kamp, who represented the EU delegation in Nigeria, made the call on Friday in Abuja at a strategic meeting on “moving forward women participation in governance and politics in Nigeria”.
The meeting was organised by the European Centre for Electoral Support (ECES) with the support of Federal Republic of Germany.
The EU Gender Focal Point Official said: “It is time to push for the passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill in Nigeria.
“I believe that a Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill in Nigeria would not only be beneficial but also necessary and soon.
“It is scientifically proven that companies, governments, peace building efforts, economic growth and many more areas of society are substantially more effective and have longer lasting effects when there is equal representation by both genders” he said.
The envoy expressed concern that women had always been cheated by their male counterparts especially during party primaries.
He urged men to support women to attain their status in Nigeria’s politics
Project Advisor, Gender and Inclusion, Preventing Election Violence and Education for Inclusion in Nigeria, an EU project, Carthy Latiwa, also advocated for effective participation of women in the electoral process in Nigeria.
Ms Latiwa noted with concern that the outcome of 2019 elections which witnessed further decline in the number of women did not lend credence to genuine efforts of various stakeholders on the election.