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Abstract

Women in Nigeria face many challenges and discrimination under some extant laws. This paper will focus on some of these laws and their impacts on women in Nigeria. The first section will focus on a brief history of Nigeria as a background to the paper. Nigeria’s unique legal system will be briefly highlighted. The second section of the paper will highlight aspects of Nigerian laws accentuating discrimination against women. Some of these laws will include the Labour Act, the Police Act, customary practices and sexual violence laws amongst others. The third part of the paper will focus on the reforms of the extant laws. Some of these reforms include judicial activism of judges in Nigeria, regional and international treaties which Nigeria has signed and ratified (and in some cases, domesticated), and the social activist roles of the Civil Society Groups or Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Nigeria. The fourth section will proffer some recommendations. The final section will be the concluding part of the paper.

Note on the Author

Eghosa Osa Ekhator, LL.B, LL.M, MSc, is a doctoral candidate (in the area of regulation of the petroleum industry in Nigeria) at the Law School, University of Hull, United Kingdom. He is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. Eghosa is also a counsel at Bwala and Co., a law firm based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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