As we all may be aware, Nigeria as a member of the United Nations was among the first countries in Africa to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985. It is therefore an obligation for Nigeria to fully implement the provisions of the convention and report back to the CEDAW Committee in New York every four years.
It is also noteworthy that since the signing and ratification of the CEDAW Convention, Nigeria has submitted five (6) reports to the Committee. The sixth and last report was submitted to the UN Committee of Experts on CEDAW in 2006 and defended 3rd July 2008 in New York. In compliance with Article 18(1) of the Convention and the Committee’s Concluding Recommendations, Nigeria is expected to submit a combined 7th and 8th Reports by July 2014.
This report, which will be written by all Stakeholders (Government/NGOs/partners), will proceed from where the combine 6th report stopped. It is expected to highlight and give an overview of progress made, constraints and challenges encountered in promoting the status of women in line with the provisions of the Convention from 2006 – 2014 June or thereabout.