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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

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Speaking Above Whispers on Gender Equality - #SupportGEOBill

Today is the day the Gender and Equal Opportunities bill (#GEOBill) is up for public hearing at the National Assembly in Nigeria. After months of controversy and initially being rejected by the senate, the bill was "re-assessed" aka watered down, and re-presented. This version (click here to read - downloadable pdf) is what is up for public hearing, and addresses, among other things, inheritance law, equal opportunities in education, workplace discrimination, and maternity rights. What is being presented is in no way adequate, but it IS a beginning.

Key clauses addressing age of consent, reproductive rights, legal age of marriage, and sexual violence were left out, and while it is a huge issue that archaic ideas of what Nigerian culture is, and what it represents meant that vital parts were dropped, I acknowledge and accept that we must start somewhere.

These are some of the points I discussed a couple of days ago, when I was invited to discuss this issue and how it affects young Nigerians on a radio show called "Above Whispers on Air" on WFM. 

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Another 48 hours: Democracy Day Discussions

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Another 48 hours: Democracy Day Discussions

I'm starting to feel like 48 hours is now the magic length of time for me to go out of town for work these days!

I headed to Abuja over the weekend to take part in some interviews with my colleagues Arit Okpo & Tosin Odunfa commemorating Democracy Day here in Nigeria (May 29th), and got to chat with the Minister of Power, Works &  Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, and the Minister for Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

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