Women Urge Passage Of Equal Opportunities Bill


A member of Gender and Development Action, an NGO, Mrs
Debbie Effiong has appealed to women groups to mobilise stakeholders to push
for the passage of Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill.

Effiong made the appeal in Port Harcourt at a workshop on
Gender and Equal Opportunities and Reproductive Health Services law. She said
there was the need for mass mobilisation, sensitisation and education of women
on the bill.

Effiong, who is also a member of the International
Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), said all international conventions on
gender and women’s rights should be domesticated.

She said that despite several international conventions on
gender discrimination, nothing significant has changed.

Speaking on the “strategies for implementing the bill,”
Effiong said that many African countries might not achieve the MDGs, if the
discrimination against women continued.

The Zonal Coordinator of Network of the Bar, Bench and
Police, Rivers chapter, Mrs Florence Fiberesima, said there was an urgent need
to end the discrimination against women.