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By Otiocha E. Eleazar

The recognition of women and female rights as a different concept in international law has fully been accepted in modern nation states. The fight for the protection and advancement of women and female rights as an international human right has been an on going work. Women and female children all over the world have always enjoyed lesser rights when compared with men and boys in every society whether primitive, developing or developed societies.

Many governments all over the world have enacted laws and regulations to promote and protect the rights of women and female children. A lot of laws have been put in theory to give women equality with men. In reality or practice, many women and female children all over the world still find it difficult to realize their rights.

This book acknowledges that in theory many African states have tried to change the statue books to accord women and female child some level of equality with men and boys but at the same time a look at the practice of the law in many African states shows a different pattern. There is a big disconnect between women's theoretical rights and the reality or practice of the theory.

The objective of this book is to look at how far the law in print on the rights of women and female child has become the law in practice/reality in Africa.

Rev. Dr. Eleazar E. Otiocha obtained both his master's (LLM) and doctorate (SJD) degrees in International Legal Studies from Golden Gate University, School of Law, San Francisco, California, after obtaining LLB and BL with Honors degrees from University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and Nigerian Law School respectively. He has master’s degree (M.Div.) in Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California and is a licensed Clergy and Minister in Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) and Anglican Communion Nigeria. Rev. Dr. Otiocha is a licensed lawyer, clergy and teacher. His research interests include Public international law, International Human rights, Human Rights in developing countries, Women and law, Religion and law.

July 2011, Paperback 250 pages