The Constitution of the Republic of Nigeria guarantees its citizens freedom from all kinds of discrimination in all spheres of life and protection of their rights. National legislation stipulates equal rights of men and women to engage in all types of economic and social activity, inherit, own and sell property, receive bank loans and travel in and out of the country.
However, in Nigeria there is a gap between laws and their enforcement. For example, the UN’s alternative report to CEDAW Convention (2014) points out to a number of challenges faced by women that prevent full implementation of women’s rights. The non-exhaustive list of examples of these gaps includes the need to incorporate promotion of human rights, elimination of Gender Based Violence, specific prohibition of disability-based discrimination; recognition of gender equality of women and girls; modification of physical environment among others.
To this end, we implement a project with Misereor Aachen, Germany to promote human right knowledge in Ondo State through police station monitoring, weekly radio programme on human right, pro – bono service for indigent inmate and complainants, training of police and correctional officers on the rights of suspects and inmates, training of magistrate, community sensitisation on human rights etc.