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2015: A year of opportunities and threats for women’s rights in Nigeria
The Women for Women International’s parliamentary briefing on women’s rights in Nigeria, which was held at the UK House of Lords in London, on February 25, opened with a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for 2015. While the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and the reviews of international commitments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, can be seen as major opportunities, the growing insecurity due to the Boko Haram insurgency, as well as new and ongoing governance issues raise serious concerns.

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Evaluating effectiveness of public support to business R&D in Turkey through concepts of input and output additionality
V.S. Tandoğan; M.T. Pamukçu / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
This paper examines the impact of direct public support granted to business R&D, not only on the R&D expenditures of enterprises but also on the output of R&D expenditures of these enterprises. The paper uses enterprise-le...
Sustainable Development Goals must consider security, justice and inequality to achieve social justice
J. Allouche / Institute of Development Studies UK, 2015
Security and social justice have a crucial role to play in the newly proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals, which aim to establish a safe, sustainable and just society for all, require a truly transformative approac...
Building a state that works for women: integrating gender into post-conflict state building
C Castillejo / Fride, 2013
What role do women play in statebuilding? How do statebuilding processes affect women's participation? Support for statebuilding has become the dominant model for international engagement in post-conflict contexts, yet donor approache...
The use of ICTs to express public outrage in Nigeria over child marriage
J Dada / Global Information Society Watch, 2013
Is public opposition to child marriage in Nigeria increasing? Despite the Nigerian Senate passing a law criminalising child marriage in 2003, only 24 of the 36 states have adopted the law. This concise paper, written by Joh...
Challenges to women active participation in politics in Nigeria
U Nwabunkeonye 2014
The poor participation of women in politics and governance has been a major concern at the global level. In Nigeria, the number of women participating in politics is not proportionate to the 50% of the nation’s population which ...
The dynamics of women's political emancipation and political participation in Nigeria
O Ebenezer Oluwole 2014
The role of women in the organisation of society and, more importantly, government cannot be underestimated. Throughout history, women have contributed significantly to the socio-economic and political developments of their countries,...
Third Regional Conference on African Women in Political Leadership
A Ndomo; N Likimani (ed) 2011
Since 2009, FEMNET has convened an annual Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership to enhance networking and the quality of women’s leadership. This report documents the proceedings of the third such confere...
Transformative leadership for women’s rights: an Oxfam guide
Oxfam false / Oxfam, 2014
As part of its commitments to promoting gender justice, Oxfam invests in an approach called ‘Transformative Leadership for Women’s Rights’ (TLWR), a form of leadership which promotes gender justice by advancing women...
Helpdesk Report: Child friendly schools and learning outcomes
S. Baxter / Department for International Development, UK, 2010
A rights-based, child-friendly school (CFS) has two basic characteristics: It is a child-seeking and a child-centred school. Above all, it must reflect an environment of good quality characterised by several essential aspects: inclusi...
Regulating industry emissions: assessing the Moroccan cement experiences
D. Maradan; K. Zein / Economic Research Forum, Egypt, 2011
In the MENA region, the cement industry grew rapidly during the last decades; however, while producing the main building material in the world, the cement industry is also one of the most significant industrial polluters. This paper a...
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