11 the incidence of domestic violence against rural women and women who live under customary law we have been unable to find any statistics on the incidence of domestic violence specifically in rural areas or amongst people who practise customary law. The family, the levels of violence against women in nigeria are shockingly high, with up to two-thirds of women in certain communities having experienced violence in the family (31 may 2005, 1. In addressing the question whether the practice of labia elongation, under african customary law, offends the rights of women in africa, one school of thought advances the view that a major reason why african customary law has not progressed much is not because it lacks codification and uniformity 36 36. First presented to the house of representatives in may 2002, the bill on violence against women became a bill on violence against persons in 2008 when it was harmonised with 8 other bills on gender based violence in the national assembly.
Violence against women and assess the impact of measures taken 2 it is imperative that accurate and comprehensive data are gathered on violence against women in order both to increase societal awareness around the issue and to ensure that nation states are acting to eradicate violence against. Domestic violence against women is a global issue that transcends national, cultural, racial and class boundaries it is a menace that is deeply entrenched in the society and has led to the sudden death of many women across the globe. Victims of violence against women in nigeria february 23, 2018 1400 views africa , domestic violence , gender equality , human rights , nigeria , women's empowerment if you allow people talk about how wonderful women are, they will talk without an end, writes bryan obaji, 27, a commonwealth correspondent from calabar in nigeria. Domestic violence in nigeria is a problem as in many parts of africa there is a deep cultural belief in nigeria that it is socially acceptable to hit a woman to discipline a spouse.
Domestic violence against women constitutes a great problem to the family and the society at large it occurs at home, in public places like streets, parks, familiar places like homes of friends and. Imam says similarly that, under customary law, there are common patterns of the husband seeking divorce on the grounds of adultery, lunacy and witchcraft and women seeking divorce on the grounds of adultery, impotence, ill treatment, cruelty, lunacy and witchcraft (19 oct 2012. Many women are still victims of domestic violence in nigeria, despite the promulgation of domestic laws, and the ratification of international equality rights legislations in a recent small-scale study in lagos and oyo states, researchers found that about 20 percent of women have been victims of domestic violence in the past (ola 299.
Violence against women as any act of gender-based violence, that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or psychological harm, or suffering to women, including. Customary law practices and violence against women: the position under the nigeria legal system law here nigeria is a country in the west of africa that lies vast of the republic of benin, south of the republic of nigeria and chad and west of the republic of cameron and north of to gulf of guinea. Domestic violence against women in nigeria unicef (2001) in its study asserted that traditionally in nigeria, as in many other african countries, the beating of wives and children is widely sanctioned as a form of discipline. The un handbook for legislation on violence against women recommends that conflicts between customary and formal laws should be resolved in a manner that respects the survivor's human rights and principles of gender equality (p 15.
Discriminatory laws and practices, violence against women and gender stereotypes hinder greater progress towards gender equality nigeria has a particularly high maternal mortality rate and women access to quality. Baobab for women's human rights baobab is a not-for-proﬁt ngo with the mandate to promote and protect women's rights under religious, statutory, and customary laws in nigeria activities include media awareness, capacity building, and producing publications on women's rights issues.
Responding to women's and girls' needs - when violence is directed against women and girls in connection with an armed conflict or another situation of violence, responses should be coordinated among all stakeholders, ie states, the united nations and humanitarian organizations. This is a not-for-proﬁt ngo whose mission is to promote and protect women's rights under religious, statutory, and customary laws in nigeria it operates from a national office in lagos, with outreach teams in 14 states across nigeria. Find more like this in our collections violence against women (january 2015) this collection draws on evidence from around the globe, as well as from nigeria itself, to describe, analyse and make recommendations for practical action on the theme of violence against women. 231 women are protected from discrimination under the constitution but customary and religious laws, including sharia law in the 12 northern states, restrict women's rights in practice.