VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN NIGERIA

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Posted February 10, 2020 from Nigeria
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN NIGERIA
Effectively addressing Violence against Women in Nigeria would require a multi pronged approach which includes but not limited to – A change in the school curriculum which currently stereotype the role of Men and Women Promoting the Rights of Women in the State Market and Household Eradication of harmful traditional practices against Women. Women leadership quotas in the Federal and State legislatures.

Violence again Women is a complex multidimensional phenomenon, an enduring form of gender based discrimination which is a violation of human rights and  a  continuous manifestation of unequal power relations which according to the Violence against Persons Prohibition Act is manifested as Rape, Physical Injury, Female Genital Mutilation, Forceful Ejection of Spouse from Home, Depriving a Woman of her Liberty, Economic Abuse, Psychological Abuse, Harmful Widowhood Practices, Stalking, Intimidation, Harmful Traditional Practices, Spousal Battery, Attack with Harmful Substance, Political Violence, and Incest.

Nigeria is a signatory to a wide range of regional and global documents such as 1979 Convention of Elimination of all Forms of Violence against Women (CEDAW), 2003 Maputo Protocol-Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa , 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action all of which seeks to protect women and Girls but due to cultural and religious biases,  absence of social protection, conflicts and lack of strong political will Women and Girls are still exposed to violence which limits their capabilities for effective participation in the state and market even as statistics from Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS) 2013 indicates that 28 percent of women in Nigeria aged 15–49 have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence. Worthy of mention is the gruesome murder of Mrs. Salome Abuh Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Women State Leader in the November 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election. Violence against Women in Nigeria is rooted in the patriarchal cultures which promotes Gender Inequality and the supremacy of men over women and boys over girls leading to unequal opportunities and power differences between men and women as it denies women their basic rights and freedoms.

Effectively addressing Violence against Women in Nigeria would require a multi pronged approach which includes but not limited to –

  • A change in the school curriculum which currently stereotype the role of Men and Women
  • Promoting the Rights of Women in the State Market and Household
  • Eradication of harmful traditional practices against Women.
  • Women leadership quotas in the Federal and State legislatures.

Finally, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without the inclusion of Women in all facets of Economic and Social Policies. Nigeria as the Giant of Africa must begin to lead by example in ensuring that Women are no longer marginalized but contributing effectively to the growth of the nation and the African Continent not in competition with the men but working harmoniously side by side as Gender Equality is not a battle of the sexes.

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Hello, Oluwatoyin,

We stand with you as you rally for women's inclusion in Nigeria. I agree with you that women should be contributing to the growth of the nation, not to compete with men, but to work alongside them because gender equality is not about a battle of the sexes. Thank you for sharing this with us, dear sister! Keep up the great work!

Felicitas Wung
Feb 11
Feb 11

Continue with great works dear sister.

ANNITA
Feb 11
Feb 11

Thanks for sharing this Sis Olabisi.
Together we need to raise our voices on the GBV, but not in comparing with men but being their associates so as to mk our environment and the world a better place.
Keep doing the great job.
We are together in this.

Ekitah
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Alu!
Yes you are right not only Nigeria but most African countries. Thanks for sharing this educative piece. Lets continue to raise our voices.Stay blessed.

Beth Lacey
Feb 12
Feb 12

This is very well thought out. Thanks for posting

Anita Shrestha
Feb 12
Feb 12

Dear Sis
Thank u for sharing

laison sylvie
Feb 12
Feb 12

Great insights sister ola, the situation in Nigeria is not different from the scenario in Cameroon. We continue to sound the trumpets my dear. Thanks for sharing. There is hope.

Myra Tambor
Feb 13
Feb 13

Nice to hear this initiative against VAW in your country dear sister. Indeed, VAW is a huge hindering factor why women continue to shy away from engaging in development work. With this effort in Nigeria, I hope one way or another the incidents of VAW will lessen and totally eradicated. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Dan-Legogie
Feb 14
Feb 14

The quota of women in our Federal and State legislatures has to be reviewed but even now your voice is making a difference and i stand with you dear sister.

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