PREAMBLE
We, the Nigerian women bound by common intention and purpose:
RECALLING that women’s rights have been recognised and guaranteed in all international human rights instruments,
RECALLING further that Nigeria has signed and ratified notably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and its Optional Protocol, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights and the Protocol to the African Charter on Women’s Rights.
RECOGNISING that the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as amended guarantees equal rights for men and women and prohibits non-discrimination.
AFFIRMING that Nigeria in 2006, adopted the National Gender Policy with a goal to build a society devoid of discrimination, harness full potentials of all social groups and promote women and girl’s health, education, socio- economic and political well being;
WORRIED that Nigeria women suffer inequalities in all spheres of human endeavor, which has continued to hamper women’s development and exclude them from mainstream politics and governance
CONVINCED that gender accountability is critical to social justice, fairness and equity;
Hereby adopts the Charter of Demand of the Nigerian women.