Lawmakers in Nigeria have rejected a bill seeking to empower women and promote gender equality.
Senator Biodun Olujimi from the south-western Ekiti State was forced to withdraw the draft law after her male colleagues objected citing “socio-cultural and Islamic concerns”.
She told the BBC that it was “disheartening” that women had to contend with many issues in the law-making process.
“Naturally, everyone is afraid of giving power to women – for cultural reasons,” she told the BBC’s News Day program.
“That’s what we are grappling with and we believe that without a legislation that would make it work for us, it would be tough,” added.
She says she is not going to relent in the fight for equal opportunities for women.