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Human Rights, National Human Rights Commission and the Protection of Women Rights in Nigeria


This paper focuses on the issues of women human rights in Nigeria and how they are addressed. It examines the nature of women’s rights in Nigeria and argues that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has put mechanisms in place to address the issues of human right violations. The concept of human rights has emerged as one of the most debated issues in the 21st century. Human rights, as a global concept has attracted the attention of scholars around the world. As such, studies on women rights focused on how national political culture is shaping women’s experience of citizenship and discrimination. These extant studies argued that the combination of factors that characterized different political cultures- autocracy, the lack of any tradition of constitutional government, serfdom and its late abolition, the peasant commune, the late and partial development of capitalism- which at that point seemed inimical to women’s (and men’s) acquisition of the status of citizens. Several institutions therefore emerged to tackle the question of human rights. Yet, dominant narratives have not adequately explored the role of NHRC in the protection of women’s rights in Nigeria. This article fills this gap adopting feminist theory and descriptive approach. It relies on integration of several secondary sources.

BY: Onyekachi E. Nnabuihe
CATEGORY: journal or article
TAGS: Human rights, Women rights, Human Rights Commission, Spatial human rights, Nigeria

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