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Gender Equality Bill Senators reconsidering law they thought would turn women into lesbians, prostitutes

The Bill also seeks to end the harassment of widows and ensure equal employment opportunities for women.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

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The Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill, which seeks to ensure equal inheritances for male and female children, has passed the second reading at the Senate.

The Bill also seeks to end the harassment of widows and ensure equal employment opportunities for women.

“It shall be mandatory for all organs of government, public or private institutions and corporate bodies to ensure that in the case of political and public sphere that a minimum of 35 per cent of all offices, positions or appointments is reserved for women,” the bill reads.

The proposed law was rejected by the Senate on March 15, 2016 because some senators thought it would make women become prostitutes and lesbians.

“The bill was defeated at the second reading when its details were highlighted to the senators,” Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe said at the time.

“Some lawmakers started expressing deep worries about some parts of the bill that they think could give women too much freedom and lead them to prostitution, lesbianism and other social vices,” he added.

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The bill is said to have passed the second reading this time after being represented by its original sponsor, Senator Biodun Olujimi.

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