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Gender parity bill re-introduced in Senate

16 June 2016, 06:25

Abuja - The Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, has been re-introduced in the Eighth Senate.

Senate Leader Ali Ndume, re-introduced the bill through first reading at the Upper Chamber.

Earlier, the bill failed to pass through second reading following public outcry.

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However, following the outcome in March, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki promised that the bill would be reintroduced to the Senate after redrafting.

Olujimi, the Senator representing Ekiti South, is a proponent of the bill.

It seeks to empower women politically and economically as well as giving 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, as well as female participation in governance.

Religion and patriarchy are among the factors that have been cited as among the causes of the gender divide in Nigeria.

- CAJ News


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