Senator Biodun Olujimi Bows To Pressure, Withdraws Gender Equality Bill

Senator Biodun Olujimi representing Ekiti South, Honorable, was made to stand down a bill seeking to promote women empowerment and gender equality.

Olujimi withdrew the bill after some senators cited “socio-cultural and Islamic concerns”.

Northern senators kicked against a proposed law for women empowerment in Nigeria, saying its content contradicts Islam and northern cultural values.
While leading a debate on the bill on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, the senator said the legislation will help eliminate all forms of discrimination against women.

“This bill seeks to further strengthen section 42 of the constitution. It seeks to eliminate gender-based violence. This bill was read for the first time in 2019,” she said.

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