n Law, Democracy & Development - Securing land rights in rural communities of Nigeria : policy approach to the problem of gender inequality

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



"The pursuit of gender equality in inheritance rights still remains one of the most difficult challenges in rights-based approaches" due to "well entrenched patriarchal characteristics of socio-economic, cultural and religious practices in Africa." This is true of the situation in the rural communities of South-Eastern Nigeria (the Igbo ethnic group). Conflicts that arise out of any frustration of human needs cannot be suppressed or merely wished away, and, as Leroy has advised, "resource-based conflicts should be seen and analyzed within a policy and governance context".

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