Executive Director – Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC)
Obiageli Nwankwo is a retired Chief Magistrate in Nigeria and currently the Executive Director of the Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), based in Enugu, Nigeria. CIRDDOC works to assist women to acquire a basic knowledge of the laws that affect them in their daily lives, and publishes legal education materials to enhance legal literacy in society. CIRDDOC also promotes access to justice by providing free legal services to those that cannot otherwise afford to pay for them.
Nwankwo has long been visibly proactive and energetic in her efforts to engage in legislative advocacy towards the enforcement of women’s human rights. One of her most successful initiatives is an annual Women’s Human Rights Tribunal held in Nigeria in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th. The tribunals expose violations of women’s human rights in traditional practices and present recommendations for ways to redress these violations, and are followed up with legislative advocacy at local and national levels.
Nwankwo is currently engaging the legislature towards the domestication of the Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the African Women’s Protocol. Through working closely with legislature, Nwankwo seeks to ensure that these landmark measures that protect and promote women and girls get integrated into policies and customs on a national and district level. This courageous work will benefit women and girls for futures to come.