Friday, March 9, 2018

Women Day's: Pass Equal Opportunities Bill, Says Labour Group

The United Labour Congress (ULC) has urged the National Assembly to revisit the Gender Equal Opportunities (GEO) bill that was dumped. Its president Comrade Joe Ajaero, while speaking at an event to mark this year’s International Women Day yesterday, said all acts of discrimination against women must end.

ULC wants all forms of child marriages to be outlawed and criminalised, adding that maternal mortality and violence against women must be tackled decisively.

“Laws must, therefore, be made that not only protect women and outlaw discrimination based on gender but also penalises it. All laws that encourage child brides must be abrogated and the act actively criminalised,” Ajaero said.

According to him, behaviours or policies that subtly deny women unfettered participation in national life were not only unpatriotic but must be held in contempt by all men of conscience.

“That is why we view the action of the National Assembly that hurriedly threw away the Gender Equal Opportunities(GEO) bill seeking the empowerment and protection of women last year with ignominy as not only unpatriotic but a disdain to our quest to shake off the shackles of underdevelopment keeping us marooned in the cesspit of poverty and deprivation. The GEO Bill must be resurrected and fast tracked through the legislative processes to become law,” Ajaero said.