Nkechi Blessing, a popular Nollywood actress, has urged MPs in the two chambers of the National Assembly to enact the failed gender-related measures.
Blessing joined other Nigerian women in calling for the passage of gender laws, pleading with politicians to empower women and give them active roles in the country’s decision-making.
The actress made the remarks in Abeokuta, Ogun State, while addressing a demonstration in honor of the 2022 International Women’s Day.
She stated that it was past time for males to feel sorry for the women and guarantee that they had a say in matters that affect them.
She added that men should not express any fear about whether or not women would be submissive when given leadership positions, “we are still going to be submissive to you.”
She stated, “I can only appeal to our lawmakers to please hold us, the womenfolk, in high esteem for the first time in this country. Let us be able to contribute to the matters that concern us.
“Please, remember that we cannot be selfish with power, because there is nothing we can do if the interest of our children and husbands are not taken care of. In other words, we are still going to be submissive to you even after empowering us in the society, but please give us a voice too; we need to be heard.”
Blessing lauded the House of Representatives for the rescission of the votes on the affected gender bills and considering them for inclusion in the second batch of the amendment bills in about four weeks’ time.
She urged the lawmakers to vote overwhelmingly in support of the rejected gender bills when they are re-presented in the second batch of the constitution amendment process, enjoining the senate to do the same.
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