Gender mainstreaming needs to become an issue for society as a whole. To fundamentally change the relationship between the genders, we need not just a legal framework, but bottom-up policies, a strengthening of initiatives that target equality, and more men on board.
The discourse on the CEDAW Bill and controversy surrounding its passage has been on going for the past two years. Even though Nigeria has shown a sustained compliance with the provisions of Article 18 of the CEDAW Convention in submitting the statutory periodic reports, its failure to domesticate the Convention has remained a source of concern on the extent of its commitment to women’s rights protection.
This training manual is a harmonization of major manuals in Nigeria and is designed to assist organizations and trainers in designing, conducting, and evaluating paralegal trainings across Nigeria. It provides high quality training, empowerment and capacity building for trainers who will train paralegals in addressing various issues of human abuses in Nigeria.
A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training or work experience to perform substantive legal work customarily performed by a lawyer. Though paralegals are not lawyers they play an important role in bridging the gap between the poor and increase access to justice.
Oby Nwankwo, Executive Director CIRDDOC reflects on the Paralegal Concept in Nigeria and the Way Forward.