Publisher: University of Calabar

Violence Against Women and Its Implications For Peace and Security In Nigeria

Paul T. Haaga (phd), Elechi F. Aja, (phd), Okoye A. Chukwuemeka
KEYWORDS: Violence, Women, Peace, Security, Nigeria

ABSTRACT:

This paper highlights the implications of violence against women in the context of peace and security in Nigeria. The achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) was linked to the extent women are protected from violence. The paper argues for the abolition of harmful practices such as sexual violence and female Genital Mutilation (FGM), honour killing, early marriage, women trafficking and the kidnapping of women by the insurgents as panacea for lasting peace in Nigeria. Government’s efforts in combating these practices were also laid bare. The paper recommends that the Nigerian government through state and non-state actions should put substantive measures in place to protect women from violence and that the several bills on violence against women should be passed into law and enforced



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