By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Kema Chikwe, has expressed dismay at the rejection of the Nigerian Gender and Equal Opportunities bill by the Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday.

In a statement issued on Friday, Chikwe said the implication of throwing out the bill is that the incidences of rape, domestic violence, maternal mortality, poverty, e.t.c, which have been ravaging the country will continue unchallenged.

“On behalf of the entire PDP women, I join members of the civil society to express profound disappointment and displeasure over the dismissal of the Nigerian Gender and Equal Opportunities bill by the Nigerian Senate, on Tuesday March, 2016,” she said.

Chikwe noted that the bill is not just about women but that it is centred around the survival of the family system in Nigeria.

According to the PDP Woman Leader, if the bill was passed, the greatest beneficiaries would have been the menfolk, who are undoubtedly the heads of families.

“This regressive action ironically occurred at a critical time when the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference is currently holding in New York, USA.

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