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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.

Over 1.5 million people have now been displaced due to the brutal Boko Haram insurgency. These displaced people will face serious difficulties in participating in the elections. In addition, the recent postponement of the elections represents a challenge in terms of ensuring free, fair and safe elections. It is important to consider how these circumstances will affect women whose active participation is fundamental in order to tackle gender inequality and advance women’s rights in the country.

Read the blog on Why women’s rights lie at the heart of the 2015 Nigerian elections to find out more.

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