Women and Children in Nigeria: a Human Rights Violation

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) initial goal for the first committee session was to find a direction towards how the council should step in safeguarding the women and children of Nigeria against the human rights violations in their country. The committee failed to discuss its agenda as the delegates diverged from the moot idea into discussing the “root causes” of these violations and previously taken actions, including the violence against women act, spurred by discussions on female genital mutilation (FGM), rather than discussing potential solutions.

During the General Speaker’s list (GSL) and first moderated caucus, the delegates focused mainly on the social causes and how UNHRC can work towards changing the mindset of the population in Nigeria. A delegate in the committee stated that, “The presence of toxic masculinity, oppression of women, and tribal mentality are said to be slowing down the economy of the country”. The committee felt that the presence of these factors was the predominant cause of the issue at hand. On a different note, the delegate of Spain suggested that football should be used as an incentive to have people register their children at birth because football is a prevalent sport in the country at stake.

It was observed that the delegate of Nigeria did not speak even once. Other delegates urged the delegate of Nigeria to speak and get involved in discussion, but the delegate remained silent. The second committee session is awaited with hope for more productive discussions, keeping in mind the current lack of direction in the committee.

Reporter: Anika Chopra

Editor: Eesha Mathur