Isi Ikhimiukor and Dorothy Njemanze, in the middle, from WILPF Nigeria are in Geneva to take part in the CEDAW review of Nigeria. Together with them are Nathalie Wokam Foko (on the left) from WILPF Cameroon and Heidi Meinzolt (on the right) from WILPF Germany. Parallel with the CEDAW review, WILPF’s Human Rights programme is organising an internal training for WILPF Sections on the Universal Periodic Review. Photo credits: WILPF International.

This Friday, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) will review Nigeria’s periodic state report. WILPF Nigeria, in coalition with seven other Nigerian NGOs, has submitted a report, that addresses manifold challenges in the implementation of CEDAW in relation to Women, Peace and Security in Nigeria.

Isi Ikhimiukor and Dorothy Njemanze from WILPF Nigeria have come to Geneva, and will raise the coalition’s concerns and recommendations with CEDAW Committee members.

Today, they will highlight main points of the report during the CEDAW Committee ‘s informal meeting with NGOs. Later in the week, they will participate in a private briefing for CEDAW Committee members that they have arranged jointly with other Nigerian NGOs.

Being here in Geneva, having the opportunity to speak directly with members of the CEDAW Committee, provides the activists from Nigeria an opportunity to actively participate in the UN human rights system.

WILPF believes that women’s meaningful participation is of uttermost importance if we are to achieve gender equality and sustainable peace on a global scale. Therefore, we support women, such as Isi Ikhimiukor and Dorothy Njemanze from Nigeria, in participating in UN meetings and having an opportunity to get their recommendations heard. WILPF works to act as a bridge between local women’s organisations and the UN.

Apart from making important statements to the CEDAW Committee, Isi and Dorothy have participated in the IWRAW Asia Pacific’s training on CEDAW “From Global to Local” and will also participate in an internal WILPF training on the Universal Periodic Review. This way, they are being given additional tools to use in their work to promote women’s rights in Nigeria to make both local and international leaders strive for the achievement of human rights, gender equality and sustainable peace.

For more, read the report of the CEDAW Coalition on Women, Peace and Security, of which WILPF Nigeria is a member.