A RE-CALIBRATION OF GENDER RIGHTS IN NIGERIA THROUGH ENHANCING THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO NON-DISCRIMINATION

A RE-CALIBRATION OF GENDER RIGHTS IN NIGERIA THROUGH ENHANCING THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO NON-DISCRIMINATION

Author by Dr. Eteete Michael Adam

Language: English

Abstract

The concept of gender inequality has always been with man. However, the renaissance of the quest for gender equality, especially in the area of human development, positioning and empowerment took a centre stage in the late 20th Century with the Women Conference in Beijing in 1995. Several conferences followed which really brought to spotlight the calamitous gender discriminatory practices, especially against women in most parts of the world. The United Nations advanced the gender initiatives with the Convention for the Elimination of all Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The initiative for equal treatment for both sexes of citizens of the. world has been taken up at the municipal levels. In countries like Nigeria, the Constitution in Section 17 (2)(a) and (3)(a), and particularly, Section 42 specifically provide for equal treatment of Nigerian citizens, and guarantees the fundamental right to non-discrimination. This work undertakes a re-calibration of gender rights and seeks to advance the gender concept through an enforcement of the right to non-discrimination described as inalienable under the Nigerian law. It recommends various means of expanding the frontiers of gender rights and practically, views human development as incomplete if both sexes do not attain equilibrium of development an empowerment. To this end, several gender offensive legislations face the imperative of amendment and" reformation to resolve the quagmire gender disequilibrium.


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