Senate to reconsider Gender Equality Bill

Senate to reconsider Gender Equality Bill
March 16 21:54 2016

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday urged Nigerian women to re-introduce the Gender Equality Bill, which was rejected by the Senate on Tuesday.

According to a statement signed by Fatima Kakuri, Special Assistant on Gender and Equality to the Senate President, Saraki said although the bill had suffered setback, it could still be amended and re-introduced.

The bill seeking gender equality, sponsored by the Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Biodun Olujimi, was rejected by the Senate over alleged constitutional violations.

“Unfortunately, the bill suffered a slight setback because there were some parts of the bill that some senators disagreed with along the lines of religion and tradition.

“The beauty of democracy is that it gives us the opportunity to consider different opinions and this bill can still be represented and reconsidered on the floor of the Senate.

“I have it on good authority that Sen. Biodun Olujimi, who introduced this bill, will reintroduce it after re-drafting it
to address some of the reservations that were expressed on the floor of the Senate.

“As I said during the International Women’s Day last week, I am of the opinion that there are substantial parts of the bill that are crucial to the development of our nation. “Such bills like the Equal Access to Education, Strengthening of the laws on Violence against Women, Ending Abduction of Girls, Sustenance and Promotion of Entrepreneurship Opportunities, Gender Mainstreaming and Gender equality are equally important,” he said.