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Rita Dominic joins WIMBIZ & Other Women at Gender Equality Rally in Lagos

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Rita Dominic WIMBIZ Protest copyRita Dominic joined Wimbiz and other women at a rally to protest the rejection of the Gender Equality Bill by the Nigerian Senate recently.

The peaceful protest which was organized by Laila St Matthew Daniel and backed up by Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), took place yesterday Wednesday March 23 in Alausa, Lagos.

WIMBIZ shared this statement;

WIMBIZ supports the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill and is dismayed by its failure to pass at the Senate last Tuesday, 15th March, 2016.

Over the past 15 years, WIMBIZ has worked to inspire and empower women through various programs including advocacy efforts to ensure equal representation of women at all levels in the private and public sectors as well as promoting and actively supporting laws and bills that eliminate violence, discrimination and ensure the protection of women.

Promoting the rights of women is promoting the progress of the future generation of Nigerians. Who does not have a mother, sister, daughter? Studies have shown that women make significant contributions economically, socially and culturally and clearly no nation can thrive with more than half of its human capacity left behind. Thus we would like to categorically state our support for the Gender & Equal Opportunities Bill and reiterate that protecting the rights of women is critical to the long term viability of our nation and to ensure global competitiveness. These Rights include but are not limited to:

  1. Eliminating all forms of discrimination in private, public and political life on the grounds of gender, age, marital status, socio economic status or disability
  2. Ensuring parity in educational enrolment and in the award of bursaries for girls and boys
  3. Ensuring fair, humane treatment of widows and protecting their rights to custody of their children, and equitable share of inheritance
  4. Protecting women, the elderly and those with disabilities from violence and discrimination

WIMBIZ supports the passage of this bill and urges all women to be vigilant so that this bill is passed. We are encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance that the bill will be reintroduced and read again. We urge that all relevant stakeholders including women’s groups such as WIMBIZ be engaged through the redrafting process. All necessary reviews including alignment with existing laws and all other relevant considerations must also be conducted to ensure the bill is successfully passed when it is re-presented.

Let us all, as Nigerians, men and women, ensure the passage of this bill, to guarantee the future of Nigeria and the future of our children – male and female. Passing the bill represents Change! Change includes Women! Let us all support the elimination of all forms of Gender discrimination.

WIMBIZ supports the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill!

WIMBIZ supports the elimination of all forms of Gender Discrimination!

Nigerians, we count on your support!

WIMBIZ ….Inspiring & Empowering women since 2001

See more photos from the protest below.

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13 Comments

  1. jani injaka

    March 24, 2016 at 10:11 am

    The failure of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill to get past the second reading in the Nigerian senate last week has got me thinking hard about Nigeria’s attitude to issues of gender equality. Truth is that the law maker’s reaction to the bill largely reflects the current societal attitude to women’s rights activism, and unless we draw positive attention to issues of women’s plights and rights in the home, workplace, and society at large, formidable challenges lay ahead for women. Likewise, until Nigerians as a whole are ready to put aside misguided religious beliefs, cultural practices and traditional biases as grounds to perpetuate gender inequality and discrimination of women, the plight of women in Nigeria will remain largely unchanged.
    Indubitably, the socio-economic and cultural status of many woman in Nigeria is dismal. Improving their socioeconomic welfare and development starts with the guarantee of basic rights. It’s a shame that the Nigerian law makers and senators failed to set the ball rolling in the right direction towards gender equality. Their failure to effectively mobilise the relevant attention to women’s issues clearly hurt the chances of women fighting for equal rights as a matter of law.
    It is issues like this that strengthens my resolve to get to that senate.

    • kadara

      March 24, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      Great , please let them do more pre-protest publicity so more of us can join them. Many of us will gladly join the protests, enough of burying our heads in the sand

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Yes more pre-protest publicity.

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Indubitably, the socio-economic and cultural status of many woman in Nigeria is dismal. Improving their socioeconomic welfare and development starts with the guarantee of basic rights.

      Absolutely!!!!!

  2. Her Royal Awesomeness

    March 24, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Yasssssssss *fist bumps*

  3. Ramona

    March 24, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Please where is Rita? >_> The pic used for the article is not Rita

  4. veeeeee

    March 24, 2016 at 11:26 am

    its a video, but that’s irrelevant lets focus on the issue at hand biko

  5. vivianmorh

    March 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    The failure to pass that bill shows we still have a long way to go as a country. How can a nation move forward when half it’s citizens are left behind. Every human being both male or female deserves to be treated with respect and the fact that our senate decided not to pass the bill shows how high the level of bias in the country is presentlyvpresently

  6. nnenne

    March 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    It’s only but a question of time!
    Thanks madam!

  7. Chief

    March 24, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Rubbish!! Nonsense!!!

    • Engoz

      March 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

      At this rate e be like like say you go faint if the bill is passed. Don’t burst a nerve.

  8. Md

    March 25, 2016 at 9:30 am

    We need gay rights too in nigeria…oh wait , their bill was not only thrown away , they were given 14 years imprisonment of top of that.. and we all rejoiced and quote bible and quaran verses to justify ..now , you women wants liberation, claiming modernization,. You guys are joking

    • Surely

      March 27, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      This is exactly why Nigeria needs feminism. Intersectional feminism accounts for all disadvantaged groups.

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