As SAGE and other gender advocacy groups intensify efforts at the National Assembly towards the passage of the gender bills in the ongoing constitutional amendment, especially HB 1301—a bill that seeks to create additional legislative seats for females in Nigeria; SAGE, through its secretariat, set up a state advocacy team to strategically engage stakeholders (Speakers of the 36 State Houses of Assembly, the 36 State Governors, Traditional Leaders, and Political Parties leaders), getting their support for these gender bills when transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly.

This is due to several lessons learned from previous constitutional amendment process, where some bills failed at the state level because it was not passed by the two-third of the state houses of assembly.  

Kimpact Development Initiative -KDI, working with 36 Organisations across the country led by a focal person (SFPs) started the strategic state-wide advocacy in mid-June 2021 to pave the way for all gender provisions in the ongoing constitution amendment to increase women’s political representation and end discrimination against women when these bills are transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly.

Furthermore, SAGE uses this structure to create awareness and sensitize Nigerians on the benefit of increased women’s political representation and the proposed gender bills that seek to alter specific provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


Last modified: August 6, 2021