DGD Supports Third National Women in Parliament Summit

Jul 19, 2013

Panelists address a Women in Parliament forum supported by the Democratic Governance for Development project. Photo: UNDP Nigeria

The Democratic Governance for Development (DGD II) project continued to work at keeping gender issues at the forefront of the Constitution Review Process and to encourage female political leaders through its support o the Third National Women in Parliament Summit, attended by women in elective positions at the local, State and National levels.

The summit was organized, with DGD support, by the House of Representatives Committee on Women in Parliament (WIP), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) and the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC). The Summit was held to strengthen alliances amongst parliamentarians, to advance the gender agenda in Nigeria, get the commitment of lawmakers towards a gender responsive Constitution in the ongoing Constitutional Review Process and to strategize towards increasing the number of women in elective positions by 2015.

DGD Project Director, Dr. Mourtada Deme, noted that investing in women’s health, education and economic opportunities are “relatively easy policy options, and have significant benefits for women, and for countries’ initiatives to build nations that are prosperous, cohesive, equitable and stable. Such investments can also make a significant contribution to empowering women to take part in political leadership and contribute to building stronger nations,” he said.

As a result of the conference, the leadership of the House of Representatives, represented by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and Deputy Speaker Hon. Usman Bayero Nafada, reaffirmed its commitment to a gender responsive constitution.

DGD II is a joint donor funded project managed by UNDP in support of deepening democracy in Nigeria. The project is funded with contributions from the European Commission (EC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

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