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Gender Activist and United Nations Special Rapporteur Dr. Ngozi Ezeillo yesterday said the 1999 Constitution did not protect the right of women.
December 4, 2012

Gender Activist and United Nations Special Rapporteur Dr. Ngozi Ezeillo yesterday said the 1999 Constitution did not protect the right of women.

 

Dr. Ezeillo spoke at the Second Ekiti Gender Summit in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, while delivering a lecture, entitled: “Human security and its implications for women”.

 

The summit was jointly sponsored by the Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF) and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

 

Dr. Ezeilo said: “Although Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution prohibits all forms of discrimination against women, Section 55 of the penal code permits wife chastisement, that is spousal beating, which is an instance of the institutionalisation of violence.

The event was attended by the wives of governors in the Southwest – Erelu Bisi Fayemi (host, Ekiti); Dame Abimbola Fashola (Lagos); Mrs. Foluso Amosun (Ogun); Mrs. Florence Ajimobi (Oyo); Alhaja Serifat Aregbesola (Osun) and Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed (Kwara)

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