Women del­e­gates de­mand equal c’ttee chairs with men

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Women at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day said they were marginalised in de­ci­sion mak­ing and other crit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties of the con­fer­ence.

Maryam Jummai Bello, who spoke to our re­porter, said the com­mit­tee named by the chair­man Jus­tice Idris Kutigi last week to re­solve the con­tro­versy that dogged the adop­tion of a voting pat­tern, was heav­ily lopsided to the detri­ment of women.

“We should have equal rep­re­sen­ta­tives. If 10 men are chair­men, since it is 20 com­mit­tees, 10 women should be chair­per­sons and also 10 vice chair­men and 10 vice chair­women which means we have equal ra­tio,” she told Daily Trust.

Bello said “the 50 wise men that were cho­sen to sit on the voting pat­tern and con­sen­sus, we go through the list and we saw that very few women were there and with this de­vel­op­ment, if it goes this way, it seems that our voice will not be heard.

“The way it will af­fect fu­ture pro­ceed­ings is that if re­ally they go by this ra­tio on the num­ber of women in a 50-per­son group, they (women) are like just four or five, I think with the ap­point­ment of chair­men, deputy chair­men, we might have prob­lems; maybe they will sweep the whole num­ber and it won’t au­gur well.”

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