Nigerian women on Wednesday converged at the country’s parliament in Abuja to protest its decision to vote against the adoption of five gender bills. Al Jazeera reports that one of the amendments, if passed, would have granted citizenship to foreign-born husbands of Nigerian women; a right already conferred automatically on foreign-born wives of Nigerian men. There were also provisions to assign 35 percent of legislative seats to women, as well as reserve 35 percent of political party leadership, for women. Protesters say the rejections have pushed back years of efforts by female lawmakers, lobbyists and activists.
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