National Gender Policy and Sex-Based Violence against Women in Nigeria

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Sex based Violence, Gender Policy patriarchy, Female child, Abuse, Widows, Trafficking, Forced Marriage, Rape Victims
  • and Umoh C. Nanji, Odeh Adiza Mercy
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 4
Number: 1 Pages: 11-30
Month: June
In Nigeria, like in many other African countries, gender relations have remained patriarchal in nature. The Nigerian society has been suffocated by these stereotypes and gender insensitive customary laws have all engendered violence against women. Many women have been killed, exposed to terminal diseases like the HIVAids virus, sold via trafficking in persons or married off against their wishes, brutalised or maimed for life by their male counterparts. The unfortunate reality is that most of the culprits always get away with the crimes, because, those polices formulated for the protection of these women have no inbuilt stringent punitive measures/sanctions to bring them to justice. Other societal issues like stigmatisation also keep the victims away from justice. This study is an attempt to evaluate the many dimensions of sex-based violence in Nigeria, using secondary data. Those data revealed that the menaces have continued to escalate because the policies and institutions established to curb this evil are riddled with distortions and inconsistencies that made their application almost impossible. The polices are vague, and the system lack the political backing to enforce compliance. In the light of these, some recommendations were made towards ameliorating the situation.