Gender-based violence (GBV) affects different demographic groups. The vulnerable groups in society (namely, women, children, youth, elderly and the physically challenged) are disproportionately affected. GBV has devastating consequences at social, economic, and personal levels because of the physical injuries, psycho social harm and general loss of productivity across different spheres.Download the Policy Brief
The provision of security for citizens, as well as the centralisation and monopolisation of the means of legitimate force constitute the central feature and function of the state. In recent years, the Nigerian security landscape has undergone significant transformation. One of such transformation has to do with the emergence of non-state security actors that function as parallel entities for groups and communities that are excluded from the mainstream protection of the formal security institutions of the state.Download the Policy Brief
There is a very good reason for which ICT is currently having a dramatic impact on human societies on a global scale. One area that such impact is felt is security in general and terrorism in particular. In the light of the foregoing, the United Nations General Assembly, through its Resolution 60/288, set up the Working Group on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes. The goal was for Member States of the United Nations to “coordinate efforts at the international and regional levels to counter terrorism in all its forms and manifestations on the Internet” and “use the Internet as a tool for countering the spread of terrorism, while recognizing that States may require assistance in this regard”.
The recent ongoing attempt by the National assembly to regulate, control and undermine the activities of Civil Society Organizations and NGOs in Nigeria has drawn the attention of Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria as a non-governmental organization and also a member of the Civil Society. We are concerned with some clauses specified in the bill.Download the memorandum
The Acting Chief Judge in Kano on the 15th November 2017 delivered a judgement in favor of baby Khadija BashirDownload full press statement
Abuja, 14 Nov. 17– President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent meeting to revise the National Defence Policy 2014 on the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017 has drawn the attention of the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative, also known as Partners West Africa-Nigeria (PWAN). We are concerned about the decision by the Army Council to reverse progress made in 2013 towards the recruitment of female combatant cadets as contained in Recommendation 19 of the new Harmonised Terms and Conditions of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, which proposes to “Phase out the training of female regular combatant cadets”.Read the full statement
The Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) was invited by the Office of the Honorable Chief Judge (CJ), High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to be a part of the visits to the Keffi, Suleja and Kuje prisons.
His Lordship, during the visit, was to exercise the powers conferred on him as Chief Judge under the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) (Special Provisions) Act to review cases of inmates with a view to taking appropriate actions, which may include release of awaiting trial inmates who have served more than the time prescribed for the offence they were charged. He would also consider cases on medical and humanitarian grounds as well as any other grounds the Hon.
Nigeria has witnessed an unprecedented escalation of violent conflicts and criminality since the return to democracy in May 1999. The Nigerian government’s reliance on security agencies and law enforcement institutions in tackling these security challenges has proven inadequate, leading to increased deployment of the military in complementing the efforts of other security agencies. The military and other security agencies have had problems coping with the challenging security environment. This inability of formal state security forces to adequately provide security, effectively maintain law and order, and efficiently dispense justice in the society have underpinned an increase in the emergence and proliferation of non-state security actors in Nigeria.
The proliferation of non-state security actors in Nigeria has, however, been complemented with very little systematic attempt to understand their vastness and potential impact on the security landscape.
Abuja, 10 August 2017–With deep sorrow, the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (otherwise known as Partners West Africa Nigeria, PWAN) have learned of the passing of Prof. Abdulraufu Mustapha. Mustapha was a Professor of African Politics at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He passed onto glory on Tuesday 8th of August 2017, after months of a courageous battle against stomach cancer.
Until his death at the age of 63, Prof. Mustapha, a political scientist of world renown, served as the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative. His insight and contributions have been crucial to our successes over the past one year. Prof.