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Why women’s rights lie at the heart of the 2015 Nigerian elections

Author: Stephen Wood Published on: 02/03/2015

Stephen Wood

Sourced from: institute-of-development-studies
Copyright: Institute of Development Studies

Delays to Nigeria’s highly contested Presidential elections have attracted a great deal of international attention in the last couple of months. Accusations by the challenger, Muhammadu Buhari, that a failure to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency is being used by President Goodluck Jonathan as an excuse to prevent free, fair and safe elections for Nigerians dominates the headlines. Interestingly however, this reading of the political situation overlooks the fact that issues of women’s rights lie squarely at the heart of many of the key political challenges facing the country.

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