Bill Designed to Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Women Shutdown by Nigerian Senate


Nigeria has rejected a gender and equality opportunities bill because it is an attack on its religious beliefs.

The bill looked to protect Nigerian women from violence and provide them with the same marital rights as their male counterparts including the rights of widows to inherit their husband’s property.

The bill was introduced by Senator Abiodun Olujimi but did not pass a second reading as opponents rejected it as an attack on religious beliefs and the Nigerian constitution, reports Quartz.

Overtly incorporating parts of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the bill declared that a woman “shall not be subjected to inhumane, humiliating or degrading treatment” and “shall have the right to an equitable share in the inheritance of the property of her husband.”

One Senate opponent of the bill quoted the Bible in a speech declaring his aversion.

A Muslim senator told the BBC that in Islam, women get a half of men’s share in inheritance and it is unacceptable to change this.