Saturday, 21 April 2012

Protection of Women’s Human Rights in Nigeria through Domestic Protection of Women’s Rights


The Nigerian Constitution is the supreme Law of the Country and is superior to all other laws. If any law is not consistent with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution then that law is void to the extent of that
inconsistency. Therefore the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, which protect women should be held supreme to all other laws and customary practices.

Fortunately, ever since the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna “Women’s rights are human rights” become a rallying cry for women all around the world. Thus, since women are humans, what applies to humans applies to women hence all the rights guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution to “every person” applies to women.

The Nigerian Constitution guarantees certain basic Rights to every Citizen irrespective of their sex. These rights are called fundamental human rights. Thus women have the same political, social and civil rights as men do. These rights are also similar to those guaranteed by the Universal Declaration on Human Right, The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and Articles 2 - 6 of the CEDAW.

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