Check out the Nigerian female celebrities who are lending their voices to the gender equality bill.
The bill was sponsored Senator Biodun Olujimi (APC-Ekiti), and it was inspired by the controversial abduction and forceful marriage of Ese Oruru.
After the Nigerian Senate rejected the bill, a huge controversy ensued. A lot of Nigerians slammed the senators for rejecting the bill. Celebrities also lended their voices too.
Below is a lost of 5 female celebrities who have spoken up for the gender equality bill;
Popular BEAT FM OAP has lent her voice to the gender equality movement. On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 she said “A lot of women were appalled when the gender equality bill was thrown out, but after talking about it extensively on radio and everywhere else, I came to the conclusion that we as Nigerian (African) women have a lot to do ourselves before things can change positively. What is it about our society that makes tearing each other down the first thing a lot of women think to do?” and then launched into a story about how she feels insecure when she see women who are more successful. But I’ve learnt to change that energy,” she added. “Now I get so inspired…I think if she can do great things, so can I….I think ‘she’s doing great, so I better get my sh*t together and move up this success ladder.”
The Nollywood actress has been vocal about the gender equality bill also. After it was rejected by the Nigerian senate she said “If we cannot go to every government representative to show them how unacceptable it is then why should we even talk about it?” This is totally unacceptable and if every African woman cannot rise up to fight for their rights and the rights of their daughters, then why should anyone listen or care?" If every woman who is a mother, wife, sister, aunt or even neighbor to any senator, governor, minister etc cannot speak to them about this then let’s all go to bed. I am tired of seeing the same people fight for the rights of women and children, risking their lives everyday while others act like they don’t care.”
The award winning actress has done more than talk about the bill. On March 23, 2016 she joined the Gender Equality Bill peaceful protest in Ikeja, Lagos. She joined hundreds of women to protest the Nigerian Senate rejecting the bill.
A day after the bill was rejected, the actress spoke passionately about the Gender Equality Bill on her Instagram page. “Read through the Gender Equality bill (2011/2016) These are basic rights! Equal opportunities for men and women. Let's get this off the way 'Women Empowerment is not a threat senators' anything done to assist the Nigerian woman is done to assist Nigeria simple. How can you reject Gender equality bill? Every Senator that voted against the bill should hide in shame and the annoying part is the excuses they are giving as to why the bill is thrown out this second time. FYI there are only 8 women in the 109 member Nigeria senate ...... It's amazing what women can do when we come together. Our voices MUST be heard. Download the bill online read and education yourself then speak OUT (2011 version and 2016 version)" she wrote.
The talented singer who has been active about female empowerment also spoke about the bill. She said “After yesterday’s news on gender equality and the senate, I feel compelled to talk about what exactly the problem is. The problem is not that women want to take over from men. Gender equality is not about bashing men or shouting that a woman is better than a man. It’s about the acknowledgement of the potential and contributions of women and the legal support and creation of opportunities for women to maximise their potentials in the same way men are allowed to. It is nothing to be terrified about, it is something to be cheered. We are all products of strong amazing women who have contributed in the most crucial ways to whomever we are today. Women are our supporters, our teachers. A woman should be given the opportunity to be whatever she wants to be. It is not too much to ask. Don’t forget we are in this together to bring out the best of each other #5050”
The Senate President Bukola Saraki has advised Nigerian women to re-introduce the bill.