Photo: Saraki receives amended Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill

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The Gender Equality Opportunity (GEO) Bill which
suffered major setback in March this year, has
been amended and was passed to the Senate
President, Bukola Saraki, by the sponsor of the
bill, Senator Abiodun Olujimi today.
The bill which among other things was designed
to address women’s freedom of movement,
female economic activity, girls’ access to
education, equal rights for women in marriage,
divorce,
property/land ownership and inheritance,
appropriate measures against gender
discrimination in political and public life and
prohibitions of violence to women, was rejected
by majority of the male senators as they felt the
bill if passed will give women more power and
this according to them was against the African
culture.
Some of the senators even alleged that the bill if
passed will turn some women into prostitutes
and lesbians. Anyway the bill has been
amended. It passed its first reading today and
hopefully it would get accelerated hearing and
will be passed into law.

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