Enugu State lawmakers reject bill seeking gender equality


instaYesterday, a bill known as ‘Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and Other Matters Related Thereto Bill’, sponsored by a female member of the House, Hon. Dame Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, representing Nsukka West Constituency, was rejected by members of the state house of assembly. .

Most of the male members kicked out viciously against it because they see it ‘anti-cultural’ and ‘un-African’. The sponsor, Omeje-Ogbu, had explained that the bill, if passed into law, would protect all persons from discrimination on the basis of gender, in private and public places. .

According to her, the bill provided “protection for women’s bodies, integrity, dignity and would affirm their right to equal opportunities to realise their full potentials”. She added that the bill was also seeking positions and appointments for the women of Enugu State, noting that marriage, divorce and widowhood should not deny them their rights. .

Hon. Sunny Ude-Okoye, representing Awgu North Constituency, said that he would not be a party to the bill ‘because here is Africa and not America’. He suggested that if anybody wishes to embrace practices as suggested in the bill, such a person should relocate to America. He said: “I have risen to declare my stand, I have risen to take my stand that this is a colossal waste.”…. Kudos to them for their bravery.

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