A bill on the floor of the Nigerian Senate aiming to promote equality, development and advancement of all persons in Nigeria, and discourage gender discrimination has been shut down earlier today.
The bill was proposed by Senator Biodun Olujimi of Ekiti South Senatorial District, who advocated “for an Act to incorporate and enforce certain provision of the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, the protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the rights of women in Africa and other matters connected therewith.”
The United Nations’ The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an international bill of rights for women adopted generally as far back as 1979.
Countries committed to the bill are expected;
- to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;
- to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and
- to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.
The Senators that spoke for the bill are Senator Bala Na’Allah of Kebbi State, Senator Abdullahi Gobir of Sokoto State, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of Enugu State, Senator Fatimat Rasaki of Ekiti State, Senator Garba Binta of Adamawa State and Senate Leader Ali Ndume of Borno State.
Senators Rufai Ahmed of Kaduna State, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi State and Emmanuel Bwacha of Taraba State spoke against the bill.
When the bill was put to a vote, it was voted out by the majority of the senators.
Senate President now puts the Bill to Vote and the Nays have. The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill does not pass second reading.
— Nigerian Senate (@NGRSenate) March 15, 2016