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Oduah Protests Senate’s Rejection Of Gender Equality Bill

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Senator Princess  Stella Oduah (Anambra North-PDP) yesterday queried the defeat of a proposed law in the Senate to ensure gender parity in the country, demanding for equal rights for women.

The lawmaker in a statement she issued on Thursday, said, “It is also important for Nigerians especially my colleagues to note that this is not an issue of patriarchy as women are first of all human beings, who have rights before their ultimate role as mothers and therefore should be allowed equal opportunities”.

She regretted that “due to the rejection of the piece of legislation”, this very important bill sponsored by my colleague, Senator Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South Senatorial District,  seeking to promote equal opportunities, advancement of all persons, prohibition of violence against women amongst many others, as a result of disagreements, failed to pass the second reading”.

She however advised that “As we look forward to the rebirth of the #GEOBill, it is pertinent that we all join forces to enlighten our countrymen on how vital this bill is to our progress as a modern state”.

She advised that “As a nation, we endorsed the United Nations Convention On The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and it is time, we domesticated it in Nigeria. We must see mainstreaming of women programmes not as favours, but as what is right”.

She noted that “As a nation we should go beyond empowering of women to empowering the society. There is no doubt that Nigeria has untapped potentials in women which we must explore”.

She opined that “Women have wonderful innate skills and we must provide enabling environment for growth and full development of their potentials.

The post Oduah Protests Senate’s Rejection Of Gender Equality Bill appeared first on Nigerian News from Leadership News.

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