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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Lawmakers Reject Bill Seeking Equality Among Men & Women

We are equal...we are not inferior to men...we are all created equally...we want equality...Smiles! If you ask me I will say what our African woman should be asking for is EQUITY rather than the so called quality that is turning life into what we can no longer understand in the western world.

A bill seeking to establish equality between men and women in Enugu State was on Tuesday rejected by most members of the state house of assembly.

The proposed law, known as
‘Equal Rights and Opportunities for Men and Women and Other Matters Related Thereto Bill’, was sponsored by a female member of the House, Hon. Dame Nkechi Omeje-Ogbu, representing Nsukka West Constituency.

Omeje-Ogbu is also the chairman of the House Committee on Gender Affairs.

The bill had scaled first reading before suffering a setback during a debate on Tuesday, with most of the male members kicking out viciously against it. It was described as ‘anti-cultural’ and ‘un-African’.

The member representing Awgu North Constituency, Hon. Sunny Ude-Okoye, said that he would not be a party to the bill ‘because here is Africa and not America’.

Ude-Okoye suggested that if anybody wishes to embrace practices as suggested in the bill, such a person should relocate to America.

“I have risen to declare my stand, I have risen to take my stand that this is a colossal waste," he said.

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