Rep Holds Public Hearing on Adeogun’s Bill

The house of representatives on Wednesday held a public hearing on the bill to amend the violence against persons (prohibition) act (2015), sponsored by Honourable Ade Adeogun.

The proposed amendments seek to prohibit discrimination against widows and all forms of repressive and degrading widowhood practices.(HB 1711)

Speaking at the event, Adeogun, who represents Akoko Southeast and Southwest at the green chamber said his amendment basically focuses on substitution of section 15 of the violence against Persons prohibition act and introduce new sections to deal with harmful practices against widows and ensure that widows are not treated like criminals.

Another bill consolidated with Adeogun’s amendment as sponsored by Honourable Sirgius Ogun seeks to make provisions for the definition of the offence of the image based sexual abuse under the act and make provisions for penalty for offence of image based sexual abuse and for related matters (HB 1804).

Adeogun’s Bill, which seeks to protect the rights of widows against harmful and repressive practices and provide support for them scaled through second reading earlier in the year and has since been referred to the House Committee on Women Affairs for Hearing.

The Committee chaired by Rep. Adewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga drew representations from the Office of the Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) , National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) , International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Police Officers Wives Association (POWA), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), Partnership for Advancement of Women and Economic Development (PAWED), Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture (AWITA), Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), Rock of Ages Empowerment Foundation, Heir Women Hub including other notable foundations that advocate for support and protection of women and children’s rights.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), a non-profit organization which seeks to promote, protect and preserve the rights of women and children through its representatives suggests that every 23rd of June which interestingly coincides with the birthday of Rep. Adejoro Adeogun be adopted as a National Day for Widows.

It is important to note that a just society that we all seek to promote will be impossible if women and children are chained to some practices that stand in the way of their rights as codified in the constitution.

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