In Africa, particularly in Nigeria, gender based discrimination and violence (GBDV) takes roots in diverse challenges emanating from social-cultural, economic, religious and legal perspectives. These are further compounded by the cultural diversity of the nation that precipitate a cross-current of customary practices in defiance of legislation that militate against implementation and sustainable development- particularly for women in Nigeria. The focus is on discrimination and violence against women, impact on application of the law, emerging issues as a result of implementation of the law or otherwise, and how GBDV can be eliminated to achieve sustainable developmental goals towards gender equality. On this premise, this discourse will deliberate on imports of customary law and the effects on women and children.View Publication
Once violence against women and children is mentioned, one cannot help but think about all the children of the world and women who suffer some form of violence, either physically, morally, spiritually, psychologically, or mentally, due to armed conflicts, wars, domestic violence, political violence, social violence or economic violence.
Mr. Stephen Lewis ,, in his opening speech titled, ‘The Betrayal of Childhood’, delivered at the 4th Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Women Judges held in Ottawa, Canada, concluded on a note of optimism and hope that, “the 21st century will belong to the child”.
Inspite of the optimism and hope expressed by Mr. Stephen Lewis, I am forced to wonder about how to confront the subject of this discourse, ‘defining and confronting violence against women and children’, in view of prevailing facts and realities on the subject, particularly in Africa, and more particularly in Nigeria. But even as 1 hitch my wagon onto Mr. Lewis’ optimism, I would want us all, to, essentially from the African and Nigerian perspectives, consider the context of violence, based on some of our customary laws, which laws to my mind, constitute violence against women and children. Such violence could be physical, psychological, economic or social.
BEING PAPER PRESENTED BY HON. JUSTICE HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU ON WOMEN LEADERSHIP IN THE JUDICIARY AT THE 2017 IAWJ-AFRICA REGION CONFERENCE HELD 16TH – 20TH MAY 2017 IN NAIROBI, KENYA.View Publication
A one day workshop sponsored by the International Association of Women Judges was organised in Gombe, North East Nigeria by the National Association of Women Judges Nigeria to sensitized women groups on gender based violence, specifically abduction and rape. The workshop was supported by flow of the Netherlands Government. The program was a follow up one as an all inclusive workshop had previously taken place in the North East where Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, Policemen and women, women groups and students were invited as stakeholdersView Publication
Between 12th-14th June 2014, the Lagos State Judiciary paid host to NAWJN members serving in the South-West zone of the Country to hold the first GLOW Conference in the Country. The theme of the Conference was “Justice For All” in line with the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) objectives. The participants at the conference were drawn from all works of life including School Children, Police Officers, Medical Personnels, Market Women, Community Leaders, Men and Women Judges from various jurisdictions serving in the South West and Chief Magistrates serving in Lagos StateView Publication
INCLUDES, COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SOUTH-SOUTH ZONAL
CONFERENCE OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES NIGERIA
(NAWJN) HELD ON 21sT MAY 2015 AT THE BANQUET HALL, GOVERNMENT
HOUSE, YENAGOA, BA YELSA STATE
The purpose of the training was to bring to the fore issues of GBV, barriers that affect girls and women from reporting the incidents with a view to finding ways of addressing GBV, thus creating avenue for women and children to fully partake in decisions that affect them and their communities, socially, educationally, economically and even politically.View Publication
Keynote address of the South-West Zonal conference of the National Association of Women Judges – Held in Lagos 12th – 14th June, 2014.
Please download the keynote speech by clicking on the button below. Speech is in PDFView Publication
NAWJN’s response to the abduction of the “Chibok girls”View Publication