80 Million Women and Girls in Nigeria are Still Victims of Gender-Based Violence

According to allAfrica, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated that, in Nigeria, 80 million women and girls still fall victims of gender-based violence (GBV), despite the progress made by the country.

Statistics shows that women still have a long way to go before attaining economic parity, social equality, agenda setting powers and political power sharing.

NDHS 2013 and MICS 2016 show that 28% of them experienced physical abuse, 7% sexual abuse, 62.6% child marriage and 25.3% female genital mutilation.

As part of UNFPA’s intervention program, “more than 2.6 million women and girls were reached with sexual and reproductive health services including GBV management in North-East Nigeria while 2 million women and girls were reached with modern family planning services among other intervention.” However, numbers show that this is not enough.

Moreover, according to HACEY Health Initiative’s Project Director, the private sector should “support empowerment interventions aimed at empowering women and adolescent girls to reduce their risk and vulnerability to gender-based violence.” Specifically, the private sector should support innovative social norms and marketing projects that can shift the social norms that perpetuate GBV and inequality, in order to promote positive change.

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