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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

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