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Ray Of Hope For Women Suffering Marginalization In Nigerian Political Space As Court Okays 35% Affirmative Action

by Anita Ogona

Nigerian Women were represented by a counsel of the Falana and Falana Chambers, Barrister Marshal Abubakar. Nigerian women have suffered marginalization in the Nigerian Political Space. As a result, they proceeded with a litigation process to clear

The Federal High Court Abuja, today 6 April delivered a judgement in a matter on Affirmative Action before Justice Donatus Okorowo.
Representing the Nigerian women and other critical stakeholders was a coalition of women groups including the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA), Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD- WEST AFRICA),Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI), YIAGA, Africa, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and 100 Women Lobby Group.
The group was led by a counsel of the Falana and Falana Chambers Barrister Marshal Abubakar, The group had gone to court, seeking true reflection of democracy through strict compliance to the anti-discriminatory provisions of the Nigerian constitution and Gender Equality in Nigeria as enshrined in the Constitution.
The matter which has been on since 2020 will is a landmark judgement as Nigerian women earnestly desire a truly inclusive governance process in Nigeria.

The judgement today have the following as the key highlights.

It would be recalled that Nigeria currently ranks very low globally as its rated 184th (out of 187) in female representation in parliament.
The matter which had been adjourned a number of times including 2 times in the last 72 hours is a statement on the extent of readiness of Nigeria to practice inclusion based on the international and regional instruments that it had signed especially since independence in 1960.

Relief sought by the plaintiffs were as follows
a) A DECLARATION that the failure of the 1st defendant to implement the 35percent affirmative action policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria is illegal, unlawful, null and an arbitrary violation of the National Gender Policy, 2006.
b) A DECLARATION that the failure of the 1st defendant to implement the 35percent affirmative action policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria is illegal, unlawful and a violation of sections 42, 147 (3) and 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 19 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
c) A DECLARATION that the overwhelmingly predominant appointment of the male gender into decision making positions of the Federation is wrong, unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void as it violates Sections 42,147(3) and 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 19 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and does violate the right of the female gender to equal access to public offices.
d) AN INJUNCTION restraining the 1st Defendant from further exercising the Constitutional and Statutory power of appointment in a manner violative of the 35 percent affirmative action policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria as contained in the National Gender Policy, 2006.
e) AN ORDER MANDATING the respondents to henceforth comply with the principle of equality of the sexes in all appointments in compliance with Sections 42,147 (3) and 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 19 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
f) AND ANY OTHER ORDER (S) the Honourable Court may make in the circumstance of the case.
Signed
PRESS STATEMENT
Judgement delivered on Affirmative Action for Nigerian Women in Abuja

The Federal High Court Abuja, today 6 April delivered a judgement in a matter on Affirmative Action before Justice Donatus Okorowo.
Representing the Nigerian women and other critical stakeholders was a coalition of women groups including the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF), Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA), Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD- WEST AFRICA),Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI), YIAGA, Africa, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and 100 Women Lobby Group.
The group was led by a counsel of the Falana and Falana Chambers Barrister Marshal Abubakar, The group had gone to court, seeking true reflection of democracy through strict compliance to the anti-discriminatory provisions of the Nigerian constitution and Gender Equality in Nigeria as enshrined in the Constitution.
The matter which has been on since 2020 will is a landmark judgement as Nigerian women earnestly desire a truly inclusive governance process in Nigeria.

The judgement today have the following as the key highlights.

It would be recalled that Nigeria currently ranks very low globally as its rated 184th (out of 187) in female representation in parliament.
The matter which had been adjourned a number of times including 2 times in the last 72 hours is a statement on the extent of readiness of Nigeria to practice inclusion based on the international and regional instruments that it had signed especially since independence in 1960.

Signed
List of Co – Plaintiff Organizations on behalf of Nigerian women and critical stakeholders
1. Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF)
2. Women Empowerment and Legal Aid (WELA)
3. Women in Politics Forum (WIPF)
4. Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD- WEST AFRICA)
5. Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)
6. Vision Spring Initiatives (VSI)
7. YIAGA, Africa
8. International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
9. 100 Women Lobby Group

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