Violence against women in Nigeria.

Published Nov 15, 2021

The incidence of Gender-based violence (GBV) is growing astronomical with the activities of the insurgency in Northeast Nigeria. From forced and early marriages to the physical,  mental or sexual assault in a woman,  nearly 3 in 10 Nigerian women has experienced physical violence by age 15 (NDHS 2013).

The term gender-based violence refers to any acts or threats of acts intended to hurt or make women suffer physically, sexually or psychologically and which affect women because they are women or affect women disproportionately. The definition of gender-based violence is most often used interchangeably with violence against women. Some articles on VAW reiterate these conceptions by stating that men are the main perpetrators of this violence. Moreover,  the definition stated by the 1993 Declaration on the elimination of violence against women also supported the notion that violence is rooted in the inequality between men and women is used together with the term "gender-based ".

Violence against women can fit into several broad categories. These include violence carried out by individuals as well as states. Some of the forms of violence perpetrated by individuals are rape, domestication violence, sexual harassment,  acid throwing,  reproductive coercion,  female infanticide,  prenatal sex selected,  obstetric violence,  online gender-based violence and mob violence as well as harmful custody or traditional practices such as honor killings, female genital mutilation, marriage by abduction and forced marriage. Kofi Annan Secretary-General of the United Nations declared in a 2006 report posted on the United Nations Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM)  which states Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions . At least one out of every 3 women around the world has been beaten,  coerced into sex. We can contribute our quota in order to combat GBV, together let us sensitize our communities, take actions today. Some targeted female groups are female politicians, indigenous women, widows and refugees. 

 

 

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