The Gender Bill was approved for second reading by the Senate on Wednesday. The legislation seeks to end all forms of discrimination against women and those with disabilities.
The bill’s author, Senator Biodun Olujimi of Ekiti South, said that if it becomes law, it will inspire women to aim high and realize their full potential.
After several of her coworkers raised concerns that the legislation went against their sociocultural and religious views, Olujimi was urged to remove it in 2021.
According to Olujimi, the “Gender and Equality Opportunities Bill” will guarantee that everyone has the same opportunities.
“The bill aims to put Section 42 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Constitution into effect. The elimination of all types of prejudice against women is another goal, she added.
“It will guarantee that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.
You will benefit from this bill because it addresses a number of problems that both men and women in its target demographic face, including those related to land ownership, inheritance, education, employment, and the rising tide of sexual and gender-based violence in both private and public areas of educational institutions.
“The bill further consolidates the senate’s courageous passage of the bill on sexual violence in higher institutions in Nigeria, assuring girls, women, and men of protection from abuse and exploitation in our schools,” She said.