General news

Sen. Olujimi advocates quick passage of gender equality bill



Sen. Olujimi advocates quick passage of gender equality bill

By Abiemwense Moru

Senator Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti) called for the swift passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill to close the gender gap in Nigeria.

Olujimi made the appeal during the breakfast with media officials on the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB), with support from the UN Women High Commission and Australia on Tuesday. in Abuja.

Olujimi explained that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss an important legal reform that had been in the works for many years.

“I am referring to the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB), the bill we have been working on for several years to address gender inequality in Nigeria.

“The bill has gone through several reviews and with technical assistance from our partners, UN Women and our civil society, we have reached our current stage,” she said.

Olujimi also called on the media as one of the key partners to help campaign for the bill.

“However, before we go any further on the journey, we realize that we need to work hand in hand with one of our key partners and critical stakeholders.

“The media, both traditional and new, and that is why this engagement with you is very critical for the success of this bill.

“The bill is development-oriented and includes provisions that will promote equal access for women and men, for example, in all sectors.

“The bill also contains key provisions such as the adoption of temporary special measures to eliminate discrimination against women and expand the space for women to hold leadership positions in politics and office. public.

“It also seeks to combat several forms of discrimination against women such as land ownership, inheritance, education, employment and sexual and gender-based violence.

“As we have already noted, Bill has come a very long way, and during that time it has faced a lot of resistance and criticism along the way.

“This can be attributed to lack of awareness and misunderstanding / misinterpreting its goals and objectives, among other reasons,” she said.

Olujimi maintained that the meeting was also intended for an informative dialogue that would conclude with concrete commitments to create awareness, awareness, clarify misconceptions and mobilize broader public support to strengthen the chances of doing so. pass the bill.

The legislator therefore called for support and cooperation to ensure a successful second reading.

“As we move towards the end point, we hope that with your support and cooperation, we will be able to build and maintain a strong strategic alliance, while jointly mobilizing public support to ensure a successful second reading.

“We need everyone on board as we gradually approach the final stages towards what we all believe to be a fundamentally progressive stage for Nigeria,” she said.

Ms. Comfort Lamptey, representative of UN Women in Nigeria and ECOWAS, congratulated Olujimi for her tireless commitment to the passage of the bill.

She also thanked the Australian government for joining this commendable initiative and the media partners for their support.

“Distinguished media partners, I wish to take a moment to appreciate you. We cannot take the importance of your presence for granted.

“You are following the talk by promoting women’s rights, thank you for advancing the rights of women and girls in Nigeria.

“The journey to the passage of GEOB began over a decade ago. We have an important moment to see this bill finally adopted in the National Assembly ”, she declared.

Lamptey said that over the past 18 months or so, COVID-19 has exposed pre-existing gender inequalities in countries around the world.

“Here in Nigeria for example, cases of gender-based violence exploded during the lockdown.

“Data from March to April indicate a fi

Source: NAN

Short Link:


NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @

Recent Posts

National Gallery of Arts tasks youths on creativity Nigeria, S/Arabia agree to boost economic cooperation LASBCA urges residents to report building infractions 2022 Budget: NASS promises enhanced allocation for security Oil magnate lauds TAJBank for expanding drive for non-interest banking Well-developed capital market’ll catalyse economic, infrastructure devt — Obaseki NIMASA DG lists incentives to boost Nigeria’s maritime sector Anambra Guber: Police promise to be civil, firm during poll E-Naira’ll not affect commercial banks’ deposits – Adedipe Upstream Commission boss assures of increased investments in oil sector Cooking Gas: Experts task FG on massive investment, as consumers bemoan price hike Facebook changes company name to Meta OPEC, GECF express commitment to ensure stability of global energy market Medical Lab. Council inspects facilities in FCT, prosecutes offenders Coronavirus: Less than 10% of African countries will meet key COVID-19 vaccination target Guber poll: NSCDC deploys 20,000 personnel to Anambra CBN sensitises public on eNaira, other initiatives Strengthening the role of NOCs in Africa: Sonangol confirms its participation and diamond sponsorship in African Energy Week in Cape Town Nigerian govt spends N4.5bn to feed 228,646 pupils in Gombe – NSIP ASUU offers N100,000 scholarship to female ATBU student Leading forestry scientists call for freeze on new logging operations in Congo, urge governments to act Insecurity: PGF boss blasts Sheikh Gumi, says bandits must be declared terrorists Plateau Assembly crisis: Embattled Speaker holds sitting outside complex KAROTA sacks officer who caused traffic gridlock in Kano Troops deactivate 27 illegal refining sites in Niger Delta – DHQ As part of the launch of the second phase of the Aid for Trade Initiative for the Arab States (AfTIAS 2.0) program: US $ 15.5 million to support economic integration and job creation in Arab countries Buhari approves construction of N21.9bn 14-bed Presidential Clinic  Recruitment: Reps query medical research institute over alleged federal character violation Biden heads to Europe for G20, COP26 summits Insecurity: Nigerian Army inducts 60 new Armoured Personnel Carriers Aisha Buhari vows fight for women, girl-child education PenCom introduces non-interest fund pension contributors, retirees P&ID scam: Court issues arrest warrant against Irishman FIFA Museum announces ‘211’: a collaborative global exhibition on football heritage and culture Yahaya Bello presents N145.8bn 2022 Budget proposal to Kogi Assembly Toronto Raptors Vice President and President Masai Ujiri Joins Fremantle & Passenger Basketball Africa League Documentary Series as Executive Producer Libyan Oil and Gas Minister Mohamed Aoun to lead Libyan delegation to African Energy Week in Cape Town FC Barcelona appoint Barjuan caretaker coach West Africa bloc says Mali envoy’s expulsion ‘extreme’ Bank employee faces N2.1m theft charge in Lagos Oracle and Orange announce joint intention to strengthen digital infrastructure in West Africa Nigerian military confirms killing of ISWAP leader Mallam Bako, 37 others Nigerian military confirm killing ISWAP leader Mallam Bako, 37 others Nigerian troops kill ISWAP leader Bako, 37 others Drug abuse: 172 youths ‘went mad’ in Zamfara – NDLEA Network International annonce une croissance de 19% de son chiffre d’affaires au troisième trimestre Corrupt politicians using real estate to launder public funds – ICPC N22bn Earned Allowances: ASUU, NASU, SSANU at loggerheads over sharing formula Islamic State claims responsibility for Iraq’s Diyala province attack A path to greatness! Afolabi Oke, founder of Global Infoswift, featured in the November / December 2021 issue of Pleasures magazine