After the gender equality bill has been kept at bay for awhile, the Senate President, BUkola Saraki has said the bill will soon be represented to the house in order to see to the possibility of passing it into law.
Saraki revealed this via his twitter handle when a twitter [email protected] asked that “so the gender equality just died a natural death in 2016, in Nigeria?”
The Senate President, in response to the question, affirmed that the bill will be revisited as senator Abiodun Olujimi and some members of the house have their hands on resuscitating the bill.
“No. It will be represented and leadership is working with Senator Olujimi to make sure grey areas are addressed.” Saraki responded.
The bill was introduced by Senator Abiodun Olujimi but did not pass a second reading as opponents rejected it as an attack on religious beliefs and the Nigerian constitution, reports.
Overtly incorporating parts of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the bill declared that women “shall not be subjected to inhuman, humiliating or degrading treatment” and “shall have the right to an equitable share in the inheritance of the property of her husband.”
It detailed how women should have the right to fully participate in political activities including the right to vote and be eligible for all publicly elected offices without any restrictions.
One Senate opponent quoted the Bible in a speech declaring his aversion.
A Muslim senator told the BBC that in Islam, women get a half of men’s share in inheritance and it is unacceptable to change this.
Only last year, a Twitter hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria which highlighted gender inequality gained wide support among young Nigerians keen on changing the status quo.
A key tenet of this bill was to introduce 18 as the minimum legal age for marriage as according to 43 per cent of Nigerian girls are married before they reach 18.
It was recollected that the gender equality bill was first introduced to Nigeria in 2010 and was rejected On Tuesday, March 15, 2016—one week after International Women’s Day