Nigerian Senate rejects equal rights for women
Equality bill thrown out over constitutional contraventions.
Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday rejected a bill seeking equal rights for women.
The bill proposed by Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker Biodun Olujimi had sought equality for women in marriage, education and employment but was thrown out on the grounds that it contravened the constitution, including provisions on sharia law.
The decision drew widespread criticisms from Nigerians who criticized the lawmakers as being anti-women.
“The most devastating blow against the freedom and dignity of Nigerian women was unleashed today by the... Senate,” prominent public affairs analyst Japhet Omojuwa said.
Senate President Bukola Saraki said the bill would be reintroduced after some sections are removed.
Among the changes being proposed was for women to have the same inheritance rights as men, to be able to remarry after the death of their husbands and not to be subjected to inhumane treatment.
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