Gender Equality bill, a slight setback – Senate President

Senator Bukola Saraki working with Senator Biodun Olujimi and Senator Bwacha
Left: Sen. Biodun Olujimi (Sponsor of the Bill), Middle: Sen. Bukola Saraki (Senate President), Right: Sen. Bwacha

Senator Bukola Saraki has stated that the Gender Equality bill will be revisited by the senate after it was unanimously thrown out on Tuesday.

Saraki in a statement issued by special adviser on Gender, Ms Fatima Kakuri, said the bill only suffered a slight setback, noting that, he is working with Senator Biodun Olujimi and Senator Bwacha to find mutual ground for the bill.

“Today, we discussed the Domestication of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention Eliminating all forms of discrimination against women under A Bill For 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, and Other Matters Connected Therewith.

“As I said during the International Womens 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 as 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, female participation in governance, among others.

“Unfortunately, the bill suffered a slight set back 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 Senator 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.

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