A Senegalese lawmaker representative in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Madam Oulimata Guiro is advocating for at least two slots to be given to females to occupy Deputy Speakers of the 5th Parliament.
According to Guiro it would not have been out of place to give three (3) slots of Deputy Speakers of the Community Parliament as they strive to increase the number of females in a male dominated legislature.
In the 4th legislature Hon. Aminata Kamara Toungara is the only female Deputy Speaker among three (3) male Deputy Speakers.
In an interview with Ghanamps.com Oulimata Guiro emphasised the need to increase the female numbers in the next sitting as the life span of the current legislatures comes to an end on the 3rd of February 2020.
She further pointed out that the females are using the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association network (ECOFEPA), to help increase their numbers in the next Parliament.
And not only that they are also working hard to ensure that they become more visible in the various Committees of the community Parliament and the bureau.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Abuja