In a recent interview with New Telegraph Newspaper, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Lagos, Professor Ayodele Atsenuwa, gave her thoughts on the current state of gender equality and women’s rights in Nigeria and hopes for the future in policy-making concerning those matters.

Prof. Atsenuwa stated that while gender-motivated cases are now getting their day in court, it would become more important to move beyond these singular victories.

On the issue of inheritance rights of women in the East, she stated that two cases in the Supreme Court (Nweke v. Nweke and Ukeje v. Ukeje) now show that the Supreme Court (and consequently all courts) will now protect the rights of women and girls to inherit property under customary law.

She also stated that education of women is important in enlightening women on their rights and protections under the law.

She said: “It is slow in coming but the awareness is helping a lot. That is why we want to reach out to the gatekeepers of culture in various communities, government cannot change people’s culture but they can give legislation.”

Prof. Atsenuwa is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos with over 30 academic publications under her belt. Her inaugural lecture held on July 23rd, 2014.

Author: Yemi Olarinre