Protection and Promotion of Women’s Rights in Nigeria: Constraints and Prospects

Women in Nigeria face many challenges and discriminatory practices under some extant laws. This presentation focuses on some of these laws and their impacts on women in Nigeria.

Link to Protection and Promotion of Women’s Rights in Nigeria: Constraints and Prospects event
Tuesday, 16th May, 2017
14:00 - 15:00
University of Chester Law School, 67 Liverpool Road, Chester, CH2 1AW

Abstract

Women in Nigeria face many challenges and discriminatory practices under some extant laws. This presentation focuses on some of these laws and their impacts on women in Nigeria. The Nigerian society is inherently patriarchal. This is due to the influence of the various religions and customs in many parts of Nigeria. Women are seen as the ‘weaker sex’ and discriminatory practices by the state and society (especially by men) are condoned. This paper will highlight aspects of Nigerian laws accentuating discrimination against women and some of these laws include the Labour Act, the Police Act, customary practices and sexual violence laws amongst others.

Furthermore, this paper highlights some of the reforms that have impacted positively on the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Nigeria. These reforms include judicial activism of judges in Nigeria, regional and international treaties which Nigeria has signed and ratified (and in some cases, domesticated), the social activist roles of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), appointment of female judges to the Supreme Court, decisions of the African Commission of Human Rights and the recent enactment of laws such as the Protection Against Domestic
Violence (Lagos State) 2007 and Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 amongst others.

Profile

Dr Eghosa O. Ekhator (LLB) Hons, LLM, Ph.D., called to the Nigerian Bar, as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Nigeria in May 2008. He is lecturer in law at the University of Chester. He has a PhD in law from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. Eghosa is an expert on environmental rights/justice issues in developing countries (including Nigeria and the African Union). Dr Eghosa also has expertise in the following areas: Environmental Justice,  International Business Law, Environmental Law, African Union Law, Sustainable Development, Private International Law in Africa and International Investment Law Issues in Africa amongst others. Eghosa is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Society of Third Sector Research network, Society of Legal Scholars and Socio-Legal Studies Association.