By Our Reporters
Women across all works of life today marched in support of gender bills earlier rejected by lawmakers at the national assembly.
Different women groups including , FIDA, GADA, Young Women in Politics, NAWOJ, SMART Women, STAND UP Women, among others, were all represented at the peaceful walk which began at the Millennium park in Calabar.
The women who came out in their numbers, marched to the state house of assembly, were they were addressed by the speaker of the state house of assembly, Eteng Williams.
Presenting their letter, a frontline women right activist and governorship hopeful, Amb Nkoyo Toyo said they were at the assembly complex to present their position letter to the speaker for onward transmission to the national assembly.
According to her, the position of the women was for the national assembly to rescind it’s earlier decision and revisit all gender bills pending before the house.
Also speaking, a house of representatives aspirant, Emana Duke Ambrose-Amawhe said “ there are women who have done so well in previous offices and as such we should be given 35% affirmative action. We are asking for too much”
Responding, the speaker, Eteng Williams who began his speech with singing the women anthem congratulated the women for coming out to present their point.
According to him, “ women are very important, even Christ was born by a woman. Whatever they are doing at the constitution review will still be sent to us and when it comes here, we will recommend that the rights of women be captured, so be rest assured that I am with you in this.
“We were surprised like all of you when we heard that the bills were rejected. I believe that some of them were not well informed on some of these issues before voting. But I believe the mistake will be corrected
“This same women groups gave me an award for the passage of several gender bills in the Cross River State House. And I can say that Cross River house of assembly has more women in the assembly more than any other house in the country”
Interestingly, the speaker of the house of representatives on tuesday, surprisingly announced that three of the gender bills that were earlier rejected, will be revisited and passed for second reading.