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Discourse on Women's Rights: Reassessing the Rights of Women in Northern Nigeria, 2005-2016

Student: Olubunmi florence Ibuowo

Supervisor: Sergei Akopov

Faculty: Saint-Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies

Educational Programme: Political Science and World Politics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2021

Women’s right is a globally contested notion due to the inability to properly outline its meaning and application. The 1948 human rights declaration has proven that all humans are entitled to basic rights irrespective of their gender or race but to what extent does this clause apply to developing states who struggle to actualize and protect women’s rights due to several factors that are both social and politically manifested within the state? This research takes an analytical style of approach to reassess the rights of women in northern Nigeria, West Africa. This research aims at enumerating some of the factors that hinder fundamental women’s rights in northern Nigeria and suggest mechanisms to be implemented for improvement of these rights. This study further argues that women’s rights abuse from Northern Nigeria’s context transcends from political and socio-cultural underpinnings to emerging instabilities or crisis, insurgency, strict religious traditions, and practices in Nigeria. A substantial number of relevant pieces of literature have critically interrogated women’s rights within the Nigerian context. However, these normative scholarships have often failed to recognize the particular case of Northern Nigeria where women’s right is critical and considerably problematic. Thus, it is with this gap that this study attempts to address.

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