Shari’ah court decries hindrances against progress of women in Nigeria

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Khadi of the Bauchi State Sharia Court of Appeal, Muhammad Uthman El-Mainari, has lamented that Nigeria as a male-dominated society has limited women in the country from discovering and developing their full potentials and as such relegating them to the background.

El-Mainari raised the concerns on Tuesday at a one-day stakeholders consultative meeting on women, peace and security in Nigeria (Phase II) organised by UN Women.

He said as a result of their relegation to the background, women had mostly been victims of various forms of gender-based violence and discrimination, which in turn had inhibited them from functioning well in society.

The Shari’ah judge submitted that contrary to widely held beliefs, religion, particularly Islam, allowed women to have a say in matters directly affecting them in the family and society.

While declaring that there is an urgent need to stand up for women, he assured that the judiciary in Bauchi State is always ready to support every programme aimed at promoting gender equality and placing the woman in her proper position.

“We need to stand up to fight for the rights of women, support them to get into positions of decision making in governance,” he declared.

Speaking earlier, the chairperson of the Bauchi State chapter of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Shafa’u Ladan, commended the UN Women for coming up with different programs aimed at making women feel a sense of belonging in the society.

She said concerted efforts had to be made in ensuring that every form of gender-based violence against women and girls were eliminated from society.

She advised that despite Nigeria being a male-dominated society, women-related nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) have to collaborate to ensure that the rights of women are adequately protected.

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