When a woman is married, she automatically shares in her husband’s state of origin but a member of the house of representative, Edward Pwajok is sponsoring a bill that will allow women to choose indigeneship.
The bill is said to have passed second reading.
Patrick explained that the existing law that a woman should share in her husband’s state of origin was discriminatory and has subjected women to psychological trauma. He said women are often confused on whether they are indigenes of their father’s or husband’s homeland.
Sharing the story of a female justice whose promotion was delayed based on the issue, Patrick explained that women in public service are usually left in a tight corner during promotion into directorate cadre.
He said the culture could be patriarchal but democracy and civilisation should give married women the option of choosing where to belong to.
Another member of the house, Sylvester Ogbaga, however disagreed with the bill, saying it misguided, as a woman can share in her husband’s origin since they have become one.
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