News Flash! Bill On Gender Equality In Marriage Finally Passes Second Reading

A bill seeking gender equality has passed second reading at the senate.

Abiodun Olujimi, a senator from Ekiti south‎, 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.”

Speaking on the bill, Ike Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, said that some sections of the bill were already in the constitution.

And he 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.‎”

After a brief debate on the bill, Senate President Bukola Saraki called a voice vote‎, and the senate voted overwhelmingly for it to pass second reading.

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

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  • Cornel Nwankwo

    It is good as the role of women cannot be underestimated in our society……………
    I support the bill

  • chika bibian

    Okk…. I really hope it works

  • kayode akinsanya

    Okay, hope it will help

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      ofcos it will help most of the women in the country.

  • emekachilaka

    I just prayer it work

  • WillieBravo

    I love this bill. The way husbands treat their wives in this country is appalling. I just hope they are able to implement the bill.

  • vivian Ify

    It is not as bad as I expected shaaa….cool

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    But am more concerned about d abuse on d girl child

    • Yea that’s where there should be more concentration, than gender equality

  • Mezzy Gilbert



    Seriously dnt suport dis billl ooo. It wil mak lazy men more lazy to provide for deir family nd put excuse of de equality in both of dem as a base ooo

    • emekachilaka

      hmm I don’t think so some black men don’t respect their woman

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Only for men who appreciates being lazy……………

  • Violence against women OK, gender equality ..I doubt that much

  • IG: Jiafid

    Waiting on it

  • Olovo Obinna

    It’s a welcome development….it is also going to be nice if the bill pass through final reading