Senate bill mandates teaching of sexual, gender-based violence in secondary schools

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The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed the bill seeking to mandate the teaching of sexual and gender-based violence in secondary schools across the country.

The Senate while passing the bill said compulsory inclusion of the SGBV in school curriculum will expose secondary students to the dangers involved in committing such acts.

The bill was sponsored by the Senate Leader, Ibrahim Gobir, and titled “Mandatory Inclusion of Preventive Measures on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence into the Curriculum of all levels of Secondary Schools in Nigeria Bill, 2023.”

According to him, making such mandatory would curb the rising occurrence of SGBV and will further address child protection rights and related issues such as sexual violence, rape and harassment.

It was passed at Wednesday’s plenary session which was presided over by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

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