Gender Equality Bill: Aisha Yesufu Fires Back At Lawmakers.

Following religious and social cultural concerns being reason for some lawmakers in the hallowed chambers to oppose the Gender Equality Bill sponsored by Senator Abiodun Olujimi, rights activist Aisha Yesufu has fired back at the lawmakers opposing the bill.

Aisha who was on Channels television morning show Sunrise Daily said that this same lawmakers citing religious beliefs for opposing the bill will not do so when it’s time voting.

The activist said when it’s time to get people to vote these politicians to power all voters counts equality whether female or male but when it comes to exercising their rights they starts to cite religious sentiment.

The bill was presented for the second reading to seek elimination of gender based violence and all forms of discrimination against women.

Speaking Senator Olujimi said, among others: “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.

“It will allow the domestication of all forms of discrimination against women. It will provide for the equality of all persons. If enacted, it will prohibit all forms of discrimination against women and persons living with disabilities.

“This bill will provide a legal basis and foundation upon which there will be formal, structured and institutional responses to prevent discrimination and provide for the rights of men and women, the equality of all persons and opportunities availed to all citizens, including people living with disability in Nigeria.’’

However, sharp disagreement reared its head among senators soon after the sponsor rounded off presentation of the lead debate as four senators spoke against the bill.

In their arguments, senators who vehemently kicked against it, said the bill, if passed into law, would offend the sensibilities of a certain religion, and make it unimplementable in some parts of the country.

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