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May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ISTD-PRACTICE-1

"The limited use of modern forms of contraception by women and girls, the fact that the State party has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, disproportionately affecting women and girls, especially women in prostitution, and the prevalence of malaria" (12-13).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes the revised Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, which entered into force in 2015, and the establishment of a trust fund for victims of trafficking in 2008. The Committee is nonetheless concerned that...The State party remains a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in persons, in particular women and girls, for purposes of sexual and labour exploitation; Owing to migration flows in the subregion, internally displaced women and girls and women living in poverty are vulnerable to trafficking;
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to ensure substantive equality of women and men by, among other things, seeking to implement the national gender policy through its strategic implementation framework and plan, which set the objective of having a 35 per cent quota for women occupying appointed and elected positions. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned: That the 35 per cent quota and other measures, including the 'Community Services, Women and Youth Employment” and “Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria' projects, lack a legislative basis that would ensure their enforcement" (6). "The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to ensure substantive equality of women and men by, among other things,...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The Committee notes the complexity of the various — and sometimes contradictory — statutory, customary and Islamic marital regimes in the State party, with their varied implications for women’s legal capacity and in the regulation of marriage and divorce. It also takes note of the draft model customary law and Islamic law marriages/divorce registration law, which seeks to provide for the mandatory registration of all marriages within a state and is currently before the National Assembly. The Committee is concerned that: (a) Although the Child Rights Act of 2003 sets the legal age of marriage at 18 years for both women and men, it is applicable only in a limited...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GP-DATA-3

"The Committee commends the State party on its high-level delegation, which was headed by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, and included representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva" (1). "The Committee notes the efforts by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to improve women’s rights, including the establishment of gender focal points in line ministries and government departments and agencies and its work to ensure systematic gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting. The Committee is concerned, however, at...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that, under section 26 (2) (a) of the Constitution, Nigerian women married to foreign men cannot transmit their nationality to their husbands, unlike Nigerian men married to foreign women. It is also concerned that section 29 (4) (b) on citizenship renunciation legitimizes child marriage, as it recognizes any woman who is married to be of full age for the purposes of renunciation of citizenship" (10).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DTCP-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the efforts to review discriminatory laws by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission and through the ongoing constitutional review process. It also notes the pluralistic legal system in the State party, whereby statutory, customary and Islamic personal laws are applicable side by side. It is concerned that certain aspects of those laws are incompatible with one another and with the Convention" (4).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-2

"The Committee commends the State party on its efforts to improve the livelihoods of rural women through the implementation of various programmes to promote entrepreneurship, such as the Rural Finance Institution-building Programme and Agriculture Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund, and training programmes. The Committee is concerned, however, that...rural women continue to face obstacles that prevent their full participation in decision-making processes and in the development of rural development policies, women own less than 7.2 per cent of the total land mass in the State party and their land rights in rural areas are not guaranteed, rural women continue to face physical, economic and other barriers in gaining access to health care,...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Sexual exploitation, including so-called “transactional sex”, is reportedly taking place in camps for internally displaced persons, especially in Maiduguri, and girls and children born as a result of rape and sexual slavery committed by Boko Haram insurgents are subject to stigma and social isolation" (5).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the efforts to review discriminatory laws by the Nigerian Law Reform Commission and through the ongoing constitutional review process. It also notes the pluralistic legal system in the State party, whereby statutory, customary and Islamic personal laws are applicable side by side. It is concerned that certain aspects of those laws are incompatible with one another and with the Convention. The Committee is particularly concerned that, notwithstanding the comprehensive audit of discriminatory laws conducted by the Commission and the fact that the State party ratified the Convention in 1985, various discriminatory provisions remain in effect, including...Section 55 of the Criminal Code, which permits wife battery as chastisement...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to ensure substantive equality of women and men by, among other things, seeking to implement the national gender policy through its strategic implementation framework and plan, which set the objective of having a 35 per cent quota for women occupying appointed and elected positions. Nevertheless, the Committee is concerned: That the 35 per cent quota and other measures, including the 'Community Services, Women and Youth Employment” and “Growing Girls and Women in Nigeria' projects, lack a legislative basis that would ensure their enforcement" (6). "The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve women’s participation in political life, including through the trust fund...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GP-DATA-4

"The Committee commends the State party on its high-level delegation, which was headed by the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, and included representatives of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva" (1).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Recalling its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NGA/CO/6, paras. 13 and 29), the Committee remains concerned about discriminatory provisions in the Labour Act of 1990, the Factories Act of 1987 and the Police Regulations of 1968, which, among other things, prohibit the employment of women in night work and the recruitment of married women to the police and require women police officers to make a written request for permission to marry" (11-12).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to eliminate gender-based violence against women, including through the adoption of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act in 2015; the Act is, however, applicable only in the Federal Capital Territory. The Committee notes with concern that...Shelters are inadequate and there is no information on their accessibility for women and girls, especially in remote areas" (8).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: WAM-PRACTICE-1, WAM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to address stereotypes and harmful practices by, among other things, revising the national broadcasting code in 2010 to provide for minimum standards within the media and film industries in relation to combating stereotypes. The Committee remains concerned, however, at the persistence of harmful practices and discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society, which perpetuate women’s subordination in the private and public spheres. It notes that such stereotypes also contribute to the increase in child marriage, polygamy and wife inheritance and, hence, to the disadvantaged and unequal status of women in society. The Committee...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to provide legal aid services to women and girls, but is concerned at reports that women’s access to justice is often impeded by insufficient budget allocations for legal aid, alleged corruption and stereotyping within the judiciary" (4).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the efforts by the State party to address the effect of the Boko Haram insurgency on access to education by women and girls. It notes with concern: That many women and girls in the north-east of the State party have dropped out of school owing to the Boko Haram insurgency; The lack of information on the progress made in securing schools to ensure that girls and teachers are protected from Boko Haram insurgents; That the budget allocation for the education sector remains below the recommended United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) threshold of 26 per cent of gross domestic product; The lack of data on...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, MARR-PRACTICE-1

"While commending the State party for its efforts to combat violent extremism and the terrorist insurgency by Boko Haram and in rescuing more than 100 abducted girls, the Committee remains concerned that: A significant number of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Damasak in Borno State in April and November 2014, respectively, have not been rescued and continue to be subjected to rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage and impregnation by insurgents" (5).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-4

"The Committee is particularly concerned that, notwithstanding the comprehensive audit of discriminatory laws conducted by the Commission and the fact that the State party ratified the Convention in 1985, various discriminatory provisions remain in effect, including: Section 42 (3) of the Constitution, which validates any law that may impose discriminatory restrictions with respect to appointment to the police force; Section 118 (g) of the Police Act, which prohibits the recruitment of a married woman into the police force (4). "Recalling its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NGA/CO/6, paras. 13 and 29), the Committee remains concerned about discriminatory provisions in the Labour Act of 1990, the Factories Act of 1987 and the Police...more
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes the efforts of the State party to rescue and rehabilitate women and girls who have been abducted and subjected to sexual slavery by Boko Haram" (2).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

"Women continue to be excluded from peace negotiations, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction efforts in the State party" (5).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the revised Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, which entered into force in 2015, and the establishment of a trust fund for victims of trafficking in 2008" (9).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2008 of the State party’s sixth periodic report (CEDAW/C/NGA/6), in particular the adoption of the following...Cross River State Law to Prohibit Girl-Child Marriages and Female Genital Circumcision or Genital Mutilation, in 2009." (1).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: GEW-DATA-1

"While commending the State party for its efforts to combat violent extremism and the terrorist insurgency by Boko Haram and in rescuing more than 100 abducted girls, the Committee remains concerned that: A significant number of girls who were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok and Damasak in Borno State in April and November 2014, respectively, have not been rescued and continue to be subjected to rape, sexual slavery, forced marriage and impregnation by insurgents" (5).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the revised Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, which entered into force in 2015, and the establishment of a trust fund for victims of trafficking in 2008" (9). "The budgetary allocation for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons has been reduced owing to the economic recession in the State party" (9).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...the limited use of modern forms of contraception by women and girls, the fact that the State party has one of the highest HIV rates in the world, disproportionately affecting women and girls, especially women in prostitution, and the prevalence of malaria" (12).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: INFIB-DATA-2

"The Committee recalls its previous concluding observations (CEDAW/C/NGA/ CO/6, para. 21) and reiterates its concern that, notwithstanding the measures taken by the State party to combat female genital mutilation, including the adoption of the Violence against Persons (Prohibition) Act in 2015, this harmful practice continues to be prevalent. The Committee is particularly concerned that the Act, which proscribes female genital mutilation, applies only in the Federal Capital Territory and not in those federal states in which female genital mutilation is prevalent" (8).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: CRPLB-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...the high incidence of obstetric fistula and the limited access to antenatal, delivery and postnatal care owing to physical and economic barriers" (12-13)
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...The high rate of maternal mortality, which is partly attributable to the lack of access to skilled midwives and the high number of unsafe abortions" (12).
May 15, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to improve the health status of women and girls through the adoption of such policies as the national health policy of 2016. Nevertheless, it notes with concern...the high incidence of unsafe abortion owing to the State party’s restrictive laws, which permit abortions only in order to save a pregnant woman’s life" (12).