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Changing the Feminine Face of Poverty in Nigeria: Challenges Facing Women in Poverty and BAOBAB’s Strategic Interventions

Posted on 05 May 2011 by

Seventy percent of those living in absolute poverty in our world – who starving or on the edge of starvation – are female. All over the world, women and children are the mass of the poor and the poorest of the poor.

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Women’s Political Participation: Revisiting Sarah Jibril and Nigeria’s 2011 Presidential Primaries

Posted on 11 March 2011 by

The marginalization of Nigerian women in political affairs and decision making is as old as Nigerian society and predates the advent of colonialism in Southern and Northern Nigeria. Indeed pre- and post-colonial traditional cultures and European culture were deeply rooted in patriarchy. The normative systems they independently produced were male-biased and dominated. The marginalization of women was also evident in all other spheres of life such as the family, economic, social, labour and other relationships. It is widely believed that the marginalization of women in political participation and decision making processes has been responsible for the exclusion of the interests of women in governance and development paradigms.

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A Call for Action on African Women’s Health & Human Rights

Posted on 03 February 2011 by

African Women’s Health and Rights Day (AWHRD) on February 4th, is an annual event to raise awareness and advance critical debate around the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women throughout the African continent both at the national and local levels. This year’s event is another opportunity to assess the state of women’s health and rights advancement across the region from the referendum in Sudan, the tensions around elections in Nigeria, the crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo which includes sexual violence and rape as a weapon of war, the women’s human rights abuses in Uganda based on sexuality, and the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire arising from that country’s last elections and the impact of all of these political issues on the political will to implement measures towards the protection of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Badges, Blue Helmets, and “Women’s Work”

Posted on 22 June 2010 by

The UN recently reaffirmed its commitment to increasing women’s participation in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution with specific targets set for the organization’s police force: By 2014 the UN hopes to double the number of women serving globally as UN police officers (UNPOL). In response to the UN’s call, Bangladesh plans to send an additional 10,000 female officers.

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Domestic Violence and a Dethroned Oba in Nigeria

Posted on 17 June 2010 by

The monarch Adepoju Adesina of Akure, the capital city of Ondo State in Nigeria, has been deposed following an incident of public battery of his estranged wife.

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What About the Women?

Posted on 08 June 2010 by

Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court has just ruled against an archaic interpretation of law allowing only fathers to apply for their children’s passports. While clearly a victory for women’s rights — granting mothers equal parental authority in securing travel documents — the basis of the ruling was that the previous practice infringed upon the child’s freedom of movement.

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Fear — The Enemy of Gender Equality

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: First Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Temitayo O, Nigeria

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

A woman’s fate is determined by men and women who play God. Her first gift is a doll-named-Baby with which she rehearses home maker, wife and mother. She is groomed to be a ‘proper woman’ — the silent one when the men are talking. All these in preparation for her husband’s house; is that not where all ‘good’ women end?

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Maternal Mortality: Dying to Give Hope?

Posted on 26 February 2010 by

Mar 8 Update: Third Prize Winner in Group 2

Finalist in WLP’s Youth Essay Contest Group 2: 18-25 Years
Eyinade Adedotun, Nigeria

He fixed a trance-like stare at the poster. He couldn’t believe his eyes. He had only spoken to her only a week just before the Christmas break. The obituary read she had ‘passed on to glory’. As if to mock death, her age was conspicuously displayed beneath her picture: thirty four. It was not the ubiquitous brief illness that is wont to kill people these days. The culprit was something he had thought her hard-earned middle class status had shielded her from. She died during childbirth, leaving a baby girl in the cold.

Before now it was the stuff of cold statistics that one was quick to dismiss as the antics of fund-seeking NGO operatives who mouthed gloomy facts about hapless women who are dying daily from labour complications. Hearing in quick succession the death of two otherwise comfortable women whom I had erroneously thought were immune from the reach of maternal mortality -the exclusive preserve of the dirt poor – made me rethink the issue especially how it affects a significant part of our population.

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16 Days of Activism – “Men Walk” on 2nd December 2009

Posted on 04 December 2009 by

As part of its campaign to mark the 2009 “16 Days against Gender Based Violence” campaign, the BAOBAB team with its network of “Men against Violence against Women” in the lead, took the advocacy to the streets! While in a particular popular area of Lagos known for its busy commercial bus activities, called ‘Oshodi’, the team shared anti- gender-based violence messages with the crowd — heightened with the aid of their traditional talking drums! ‘Ohhh’ was the almost unsaid expression on their faces as they appreciated the fact that men are now in the fore-front of advocating the end of violence against women. And…guess what?

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To Fully Implement CEDAW, Nigeria Must Harmonize Customary, Statutory, and Religious Laws

Posted on 03 December 2009 by

In reading the recent article in IPS on discrimination against women in Nigeria, which used the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as a framework of analysis, it brought back memories of one of the core concerns raised by the CEDAW Committee members with the Nigerian government on its obligation to implement CEDAW in Nigeria.  This concern is basically the question of harmonising Nigeria’s tripartite legal system of Customary, Statutory and Religious laws. Even when the Nigerian Constitution has provisions of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, this is not the case with our customary laws and practices.

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Middle East Women Leaders Share Stories of Activism & Accomplishments

Posted on 28 October 2009 by

This week, WLP welcomed partners from Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Nigeria to Washington, DC for a series of dialogues on women’s rights and political participation, and for the launch of the second volume in WLP’s Translation Series, Iranian Women’s One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality: The Inside Story. We are always thrilled to speak to our partners as they continue their projects in their respective countries, but nothing quite compares to the dynamic exchanges and explosions of new energy that take place when these inspiring activists can meet face-to-face.

The week has gotten off to a busy start with two exciting opportunities for our partners to share their work during public events here in DC.

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Gender Points: A Multiplicity of Burdens

Posted on 19 August 2009 by

Bunmi Dipo-Salami

Guest Author Bunmi Dipo-Salami (Nigeria), CEO of LaRen Consulting, is a women’s human rights activist and researcher. She was formerly Programme Director at WLP partner organization, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, where she coordinated the Research, Documentation, and Capacity Building Work Group.

I bring to you an issue that is very dear to my heart and which I am unapologetically very passionate about – justice.

As we all – at least those of us who wear the pinching shoes – are aware, the injustice in Nigeria is enormous and it permeates all areas of our lives, across all the geographical locations. It manifests as poor governance; poverty; unemployment; lack of infrastructure and basic services such as housing, education, healthcare; and so on.

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