Group calls for passage of Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill

A civil society organisation, Transparency Advocacy (CTA),  has called the passage of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, to make the eradication of all of barriers against women in the country.

CTA Executive Director Faith Nwadishi stated this at an event in Abuja.

She said that the passage of the into law Assembly was important to give women equal opportunities to actively participate in politics.

“We strongly call on the Assembly to expeditiously pass the Gender and Equal Opportunities into law.

“This is long overdue. In passing this law, the Assembly should not see it as a token to women and girls should ensure that the basic rights of women and girls are protected,“ she said.

Nwadishi called the full implementation of the Nigerian gender policy and the 35 per cent affirmation.

“Again, this is not a favour to women a right that is sacrosanct and the right thing to do.

“The lopsided policies trample upon the opportunities to rise to the apex of their professions.

“No woman has ever been appointed a Service Chief or the Inspector-General of Police, or to head the DSS and paramilitary agencies.

“The extractive industry is another sector where women are so marginalised and, therefore, make less impact as they are systematically shut out of the extractive resources, she said. (NAN)