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Court Upholds 35% Affirmative Action For Nigerian Women, Orders Govt To Comply

The Federal High Court Abuja has held that the National Gender Policy is not merely a policy statement but one that must be backed with requisite action on the part of the government.

Delivering judgement on Wednesday, Justice Donatus Okorowo, said the Federal Government is obliged to implement the 35 per cent affirmative action, accusing past governments of acting in breach of international treaties on women participation in government.

He said the 35% affirmative action which entails appointive positions for women to ensure inclusivity must not be merely on paper as Nigeria is signatory to international treaties, particularly on those entrenching the rights of women.

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