Nigeria

At A Glance

Indices and Rankings
Gender Gap Ranking1 #110
Gender Inequality Index2 --
HDI Ranking3 #156
Political Participation
Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 7%/6%
Women in Parliament ranking #127
Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#67)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1954 (East), 1955 (West taxpayers), 1959(South), 1975(North)

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Overview
GovernmentFederal republic
Total population170.1 million
GDP per capita (PPP) $2,600
HDI ranking3#156
Population under age 1544%
Urban population50%
Internet users28%
LanguagesEnglish (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, over 500 others

Indices Education & Employment Political Participation
Sources (January 2013): CIA World Factbook, Inter-Parliamentary Union, Internet World Stats, MDG Info 2010, Quota Project, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF ChildInfo , UNICEF State of the World's Children 2011, United Nations Development Project Human Development Reports, World Economic Forum, World Health Organization Global Health Observatory Database. 1.The World Economic Forum's Gender Gap index assesses how well countries divide resources and opportunities amongs male and female populations in four areas: economic participation and opportunity (salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment), educational attainment (access to basic and higher level education), health and survival (life expectancy and sex ratio), and political empowerment (representation in decision-making structures). 2. The UNDP's Gender Inequality Index is designed to reveal the extent to which national human development achievements are eroded by gender inequality. It is a composite measure reflecting inequality in achievements between women and men in three dimensions: reproductive health (maternal mortality ratio and adolescent fertility rate), empowerment (share of parliamentary seats, and secondary and higher education attainment levels) and the labour market (women's participation in the work force). It varies between zero (when women and men fare equally) and one (when men or women fare poorly compared to the other in all dimensions). 3. The UNDP's Human Development Index (HDI) is a summary composite index that measures a country's average achievements in three basic aspects of human development: health, knowledge, and income. It was created to emphasize that people and their capabilities should be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country, not economic growth alone. 4. Vulnerable employment is a Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 1B indicator; vulnerable employments are lower productivity and informal activities such as own-account workers and unpaid family workers. They are therefore more likely to lack benefi ts associated with decent employment, such as adequate social security and recourse to effective mechanisms for social dialogue. Vulnerable employment is often characterized by inadequate earnings, low productivity and substandard working conditions that undermine fundamental labour rights.
Gender Gap Ranking1 #110 Adult literacy rate, females as a % of males 69% Women parliamentarians lower/upper houses 7%/6%
Gender Inequality Index2 -- Population with secondary education, female/male ratio -- Women in Parliament ranking #127/133
Vulnerable employment for women (men)4 -- Women at ministerial level (ranking) 10% (#67)
Year women received right to vote/be elected 1954 (East), 1955 (West taxpayers), 1959(South), 1975(North)
HealthQuotas
Lifetime risk in maternal death, 1 in 29 Quota type --
Births per woman 5.5 Constitutional quota in lower house --
Births per 1000 women aged 15-19 123 Electoral quota in lower house --
Voluntary political party quotas --

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Our Partner

BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights is a non-governmental women's human rights organization which focuses on women's legal rights in Nigeria. The organization evolved from the relationship between a group of activists, social scientists, lawyers, and specialists in Islamic laws. BAOBAB's mission is to promote women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws. BAOBAB’s vision is for women’s human rights to become an integral part of everyday life. Read More >

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Reports & Updates
October 20, 2016 | 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Global TOT, GTOT, Human Rights, Middle East, Refugee Empowerment, Stop Violence Against Women, TOT, Training of Trainers, Beyond Equality, Brazil, Fear to Freedom, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Leading to Action, Leading To Choices, Leading To Choices Multimedia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Transitions to Democracy, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership convened a Global Training of Trainers on October 5, 2016, following its 16th annual Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop focused on the development of curriculum for WLP’s new initiatives on women refugees and family law reform.  
October 19, 2016 | 2016 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Family Law Reform, Human Rights, Middle East, TPC, Transnational Partners Convening, Beyond Equality, Brazil, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Transitions to Democracy, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Women’s Learning Partnership hosted its 16th Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) in Bethesda, Maryland from October 1 through 4, 2016. The meeting brought together representatives from partner organizations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.
May 15, 2016 | 2016 Events, Africa, National Training of Trainers, nigeria, NTOT, Stop Violence Against Women, Beyond Equality, Leadership, Organizational Capacity Building, Leading to Action, Leading To Choices, Nigeria
CEADER, WLP’s partner in Nigeria, convened a National Training of Trainers for Women’s Leadership and Political Participation in May 2016. Eighteen representatives from 16 women’s rights organizations in the southern and eastern regions of Nigeria attended.  
November 23, 2015 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Fear to Freedom, Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Victories over Violence, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Take a stand! Join WLP in the worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.On November 25, 2015, Women's Learning Partnership joins the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, in the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The 2015 Campaign theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights the increase of violent attacks against women and girls who claim their right to education, and the continued barriers to women's and girls' education across the globe. You can find more information on our WLP Partner 16 Days Activities Page and on the CWGL 16 Days Campaign home page.
March 8, 2013 | Because Our Cause is Just, Claiming Equal Citizenship, Human Rights, Middle East, Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW, Egypt, Political Participation, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Turkey
Because Our Cause is Just is an eye-opening documentary about the struggle of women in countries experiencing the so-called “Arab Spring.” Begun as a civil movement of women and men seeking human rights and justice after decades of dictatorship, the revolutionary wave has not yielded justice for all. Instead, the political openings caused by these revolts have been exploited by Islamist groups who seek to not only exclude women from the political process but to remove them from public life through intimidation, oppressive legislation, and even physical violence. Through powerful interviews and on-the-ground footage, the film reveals how women in the Middle East-North Africa region are continuing to fight for the right to be part of their countries evolving political systems. The film is available in English, Arabic, and French.
December 10, 2012 | Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Political Participation, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria
 Each year activists, youth, local and international organizations, and governmental officials committed to eliminating violence against women participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. This annual campaign commences on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and lasts through December 10, International Human Rights Day.As part of WLP’s 2012 campaign activities, we held the online premieres of our Arabic, French, and Spanish subtitled-editions of the documentary, From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women. In WLP’s film, released in 2012, leading experts and activists from across the globe discuss the root causes of gender-based violence (GBV), share strategies to combat it, and provide inspiring accounts of the important milestones already achieved through the international women’s movement.
November 14, 2012 | Americas, Brazil, 2012 Events, Egypt, Political Participation, Leading to Action, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
In October, WLP traveled to Lima, Peru for the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) seventh Global Assembly, Democracy for All: Ensuring Political, Social, and Economic Inclusion. The conference brought together WLP Partners and more than 500 democracy activists, practitioners, and scholars, providing an important opportunity for learning, exchange, and networking with civil society actors from across the world.
November 25, 2011 | 16 Days, Africa, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Nigeria
The 25th of November every year marks the beginning of the “16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence” which is an international campaign that started in 1991 dedicated to advocate against all forms of Gender Based Violence. The 16 Days runs from November 25, (International Day against Violence against Women) to December 10, (International Human Rights Day) to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1, which is World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, when 14 women students were massacred by a lone gun-man opposed to the affirmative action policies promoted by feminists at the University of Montreal.

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Ayesha Mje-Tei Imam

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Ayesha Imam is a women's human rights activist, as well as a researcher, writer, and trainer on gender issues. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, a Nigeria-based non-profit organization working for women’s human rights and legal rights under customary, religious, and secular law in Africa and internationally. BAOBAB's activities include research, publication, training, and awareness-raising campaigns on women’s human rights and state obligations in national and international law. In 2002, Dr.

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