Protecting and Promoting Women’s Rights in Nigeria: Constraints and Prospects
AuthorsEkhator, Eghosa O.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractWomen in Nigeria face many challenges and discriminatory practices under some extant laws and customs. 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 chapter highlights some of the recent reforms that have impacted positively on the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Nigeria. These reforms include the appointment of female Justices to the Supreme Court and the enactment of laws such as the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 amongst others. This paper contends that notwithstanding the development of these reforms and laws, women in Nigeria still face many state sanctioned discriminatory practices. The methodology adopted in this study is of a qualitative nature that consists of library based texts analysis.
CitationEkhator, E. O. (2019). Protecting and promoting women’s rights in Nigeria: Constraints and prospects. In M. Addaney (Ed.), Women and Minority Rights Law in Africa: Reimagining equality and addressing discrimination (pp. 17-36). The Hague, The Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing.
PublisherEleven International Publishing.
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