Nigerian Senate rejects bill that seeks to make women equal to men



Nigerian Senate on Tuesday turned down a bill seeking to guarantee women equal rights with their male counterparts.
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The bill tagged: “An Act to incorporate and enforce certain provisions of the United Nations convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the protocol to the African charter on human and people’s rights on the rights of women in Africa” sponsored by Senator Biodun Christine Olujimi (from Ekiti South Senatorial District), was thrown out when presented for consideration.
The bill seeks equal rights for women in marriage, divorce, property/land ownership and inheritance are essential for gender equality.
It also promotes equality, development and advancement of all persons in Nigeria as well as promoting women’s freedom of movement, female economic activity and girls’ access to education.
The Bill also seeks appropriate measures against gender discrimination in political and public life and prohibitions of violence to women.
Senator Olujimi pointed out concerns on equal rights for women in marriage, divorce, property/land ownership and inheritance.
She said: “The fact that disparity of gendered pricing still exists within today’s society shows that women still continue to be disempowered in many aspects of economic life. 
Senator Bala Na’Allah was also in support of Bill. He said that discrimination is a worldwide issue and that there is a need for adequate measures.
Other Senators who supported the Bill include Senator Ekweremadu, Senator Ndume, Senator Raji-Rasaki and Senator Garba.
Below are some of the senators who spoke against the Bill:
Nigerian Senate rejects bill that seeks to make women equal to men
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