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Beijing Declaration and Women’s Property Rights in Nigeria

Folarin, S. F. and Udoh, Oluwakemi D. (2014) Beijing Declaration and Women’s Property Rights in Nigeria. European Scientific Journal, 10 (34). pp. 239-249. ISSN 1857 – 7881 (Print) e - ISSN 1857- 7431

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In Nigeria, women have suffered various forms of discrimination and oppression during property sharing, especially in terms of land for economic purposes and other physical assets. The challenge has been that, in patriarchal societies, like Nigeria, women are regarded as subservient to men and are never considered in property sharing. Rather, the woman is often regarded as part of the property to be shared especially during the loss of her spouse. Most disturbing is that, though statutory law and international laws have affirmed women’s rights to land and other property, women are often denied access and ownership to property due to unfavorable customary practices. This paper examines women’s property rights in Nigeria. In doing so, it looks critically into Nigeria’s compliance with the 1995 Beijing Platform of Action. It also identifies some factors such as customary and statutory laws as responsible for the discrimination of women vis-à-vis their rights to property and inheritance. In addition to these, it concludes that, the 1995 Beijing Declaration is yet to be fully integrated and domesticated in the national legislations that protect women and their rights to property. In carrying out this research, secondary sources were consulted. Recommendations were made bordering on equality between men and women and gender-sensitivity in legal institutions

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women's Rights, Property Rights, Beijing Declaration, International Law, Nigeria’s Compliance
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2015 16:36
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 13:24

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