Womens Rights


Come and chop!

It’s what people say when they invite someone to share their meal: in Nigeria, you ‘chop’ food as you dig your fingers into some delicious pounded yam with egusi stew. Alas, most Nigerians are not aware that by eating food, they usually chop down trees, too. As most Nigerian meals are still prepared on the traditional three-stone fire, the nation’s forest cover has been reduced to 5 per cent of its original size. Environmental journalist Ugochi Anyaka on Nigeria’s deforestation crisis..

By Ugochi Anyaka

The Womens Convention in Nigeria

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.


A Debate on the Public Role of Religion and its Social and Gender Implications

In view of the public visibility of religious forces and their contested implications for women’s rights, it seems critical to examine the different manners in which politics and religion interface across diverse historical and national contexts, their effects on gender inequality, and how women as actors, engage in this arena to contest or reinforce patriarchal social norms. This publication features a debate between two leading thinkers—José Casanova and Anne Phillips—on the relation between religion, politics and gender equality.

Reflection on the paralegal concept in Nigeria and the way foward

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.

By Oby Nwankwo