The Response of Human Rights Law to the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria

Andrew Borokini, Ayodeji E. O. Ige, R.A. Folusho-Ojo


Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is a traditional practice among various tribes in Africa including Nigeria. Under this paper I have highlighted the pros and cons in favour and those oppose to the practice. The practitioners argued for its continuation because it was an important cultural heritage that marks the transition of a girl from childhood to adulthood while the abolitionists wanted it to be abolished because it violates human rights. I have adopted a doctrinal method of research under this paper to look into the veracity of the arguments of both sides. The prevailing opinion is that FGM or female circumcision violated both constitutionally guaranteed rights like rights to life, health, physical integrity, dignity, etc and human rights treaties and Conventions like United Nations Charter, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political rights, the Maputo Protocol, etc. in view of this the practice should be abolished.   

Keywords: Female, Genital, Mutilation, Circumcision, Cutting, Women’s Right.

DOI: 10.7176/JLPG/94-14

Publication date: February 29th 2020

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