In a report released today by women’s rights advocacy group Equality Now, Nigeria has appeared on the list of countries with laws that discriminate against women. They highlighted a section of the Nigerian law that supports domestic violence;
The Penal Code of Northern Nigeria:
Section 55. Correction of Child, Pupil, Servant or Wife.
Nothing is an offence which does not amount to the infliction of grievous hurt upon any persons which is done:
(a) by a parent or guardian for the purpose of correcting his child or ward …
(b) by a schoolmaster for the purpose of correcting a child …
(c) by a master for the purpose of correcting his servant or apprentice …
(d) by a husband for the purpose of correcting his wife, such husband and wife being subject to any native law or custom in which such correction is recognized as lawful.
Article 42(1) of the Constitution of Nigeria:
A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or political opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such
(a) be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of, any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religions or political
opinions are not made subject …
Equality Now is calling on “All governments to review and amend their laws as a matter of urgency to protect all people’s civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights protected under the Beijing Platform for Action and other international obligations”.