A recent report by Thomson Reuters Foundation has listed Nigeria as the ninth most dangerous country in the world for women.
In the report, Nigeria had unimpressive ratings in sexual violence, cultural practices, and human trafficking. On the top of the list are India, DR Congo, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and USA, who settled for the last spot on the list.
In a survey carried out by the foundation between March 26 and May 4, 2018, five hundred and forty-eight (548) experts on women related matters were accessed on the following standards: health care, cultural practices, discrimination, sexual violence, non-sexual violence and human trafficking.
The experts surveyed were taken from workers in several fields, including health, policy making, academia and NGOs.
Nigeria is ranked ninth overall in the final top 10 list of most dangerous countries for women to live with human rights groups accusing the country’s military of torture, rape and killing civilians during its nine-year fight against Islamist insurgency by terrorist group, Boko Haram. The terrorist group is responsible for the death of over 30,000 people and the displacement of millions, resulting in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
According to the poll, Nigeria ranks as the fourth most dangerous country for women when it comes to human trafficking which includes domestic servitude, forced labour, bonded labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery. The poll also notes that tens of thousands of Nigerian women are trafficked into Europe for sexual exploitation.
The country also ranks sixth worst for women regarding customary practice (culture and religion) including acid attacks, female genital mutilation, child marriage, forced marriage, punishment/retribution through stoning or physical abuse or mutilation and female infanticide/foeticide.
The country is also ranked in 10th position in regards to sexual violence on women including rape as a weapon of war, domestic rape, rape by a stranger, the lack of access to justice in rape cases, sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption.
Surprisingly, the country is not ranked among the top 10 countries that discriminate against women in regards to job discrimination, inability to make a livelihood, discriminatory land, property or inheritance rights, lack of access to education and lack of access to adequate nutrition; and is also not in the top 10 list of countries that inflict non-sexual violence on women including conflict-related violence and forms of domestic physical and mental abuse.
Surprisingly, Nigeria also does not rank among the top 10 most dangerous countries for women regarding healthcare in terms of maternal mortality, lack of access to healthcare, lack of control over reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
WRAPA is a non-governmental organisation registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria. Founded in March 1999, it is a membership Organization of men, women, and youth with over 32,000 registered members. WRAPA has intervened
and touched the lives of abused women in Nigeria, is a leading voice in the advocacy and campaign against Violence Against Women (VAW) in all its ramifications and serves as host and member of a Coalition; LACVAW. In 2004, WRAPA advocacy and public education on international law contributed to Nigeria’s ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa.
In partnership with the Gender Ministry, the Legislature and other NGO platforms, WRAPA is working towards Nigeria’s domestication of CEDAW and the domestication of the AU Women’s Protocol. WRAPA leveraged an existing platform, LACVAW coordinated by one of its projects, the Raising Her Voice project, which brings together a total of 18 organisations.