Stella Dimoko Gender Equality Bill Scales Through Second Reading


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Friday, September 30, 2016

Gender Equality Bill Scales Through Second Reading

A bill seeking gender equality has passed second reading at the senate. Senator representing Ekiti south‎, Abiodun Olujimi, reintroduced the bill after it was rejected in October 2015, when some members opposed it‎ on the grounds that it was in conflict with their religious and cultural beliefs. 

Speaking on the bill on Thursday, Olujimi explained that the bill did not seek to undermine‎ the beliefs of the Nigerians but it was to create equal opportunities for women. 

”It seeks to promote equality and development of all persons in Nigeria,” she said. 

“To guarantee effectiveness, the bill adopts special measures on discrimination against persons. ‎It provides that all appropriate measures be taken to eliminate discrimination against women in private and public life. 

‎”It also prohibits all forms of violence against women, whether political, domestic or cultural. It prohibits all forms of trafficking in women.” Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, speaking on the bill, said that some sections of the bill were already in the constitution. 

He further suggested that those sections be‎ looked into at the committee stage. However, Olusola Adeyeye, senate chief whip, disagreed with him, saying that affirmative laws were needed to address the problem of gender inequality. 

Also speaking, Remi Tinubu, a senator from Lagos central,‎ urged her colleagues to support the bill. “I rise to support this bill, and I urge my colleagues to do the same. We cannot undermine the role of women in society,” she said. 

“Some think I don’t shake men here maybe because of religious or cultural reasons‎. But I don’t shake men because I feel intimidated.‎” Senate President Bukola Saraki after a brief debate on the bill called a voice vote‎, and the senate voted overwhelmingly for it to pass second reading. 

Saraki thereafter referred the bill to the committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters for more legislative treatment.



  1. Very good, this Senate is finally getting something right.

  2. Ehh let the misinterpretation begin again. Eheh

  3. Nice one. She never gave up on the bill, went back amended and refurbished the bill.
    My praying is that this bill will be passed into law because its long over due.

  4. Nice one.

    Good morning SDK.

    May we all have a blessed day.

  5. While this is a welcomed development,the main problem with Nigerian laws is IMPLEMENTATION.
    It's not just enough for the bill to be passed into law,but it should be implemented.

    Nice one though,hope it goes on to become a law.

  6. Hope it won't help women become more rude at home

  7. Hmmmmmmm as a woman that I am I Support, but the truth is dat it shud not be implemented. It will make so many women to start. Misbehaving.

    1. My God... Sisi come see one of them.

    2. Ahaha lovelace Shebi I don talk am. Loll

  8. Please they should pass it. Why should married women be ineligible for Certain jobs while the men are allowed. But women must pay tax. Wickedness In high places.

  9. They should forget about this.
    Are we really ready to face this?

  10. When you're making "special" laws for a certain niche of the population be it by gender, race or religion, you're already DISCRIMINATING on the other balance of the populace it doesn't cover. I'm not against gender equality but I stand to be corrected that if a man runs to the Police to report battering by the wife, that they'll take any action. We've seen cases of women who murder their spouses in rage and they're not meted same treatment as their male counterparts. The bill should be to end discrimination of any sort NOT base it on gender. Afterall we know a certain major religion would take excuses to pray 5 times a day but if another religion decides to vigils, crusades or midweek is frowned on

  11. Ok until I see It being practiced that's when I will agree.

  12. For where!Men and women are not equal
    We are the boss!


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