Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

Nigeria Has Long Failed It’s Female Population

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  • 19% of teenage girls in Nigeria age 15–19 have begun childbearing.
  • 14% have given birth, and 4% are pregnant with their first child.
  • 97% of Women in Nigeria have no health insurance.
  • 36% of females are uneducated in Nigeria, compared to 27% of males.
  • 65% of women ages 15–49 are currently employed compared to 86% of men in the same age group.
  • 31% of women aged 15–49 have experienced physical violence.
  • 9% have experienced sexual violence.
  • 6% of women have experienced physical violence during pregnancy.
  • 36% of ever-married women have experienced spousal physical, sexual, or emotional violence.
  • More than half of women (55%) who have experienced physical or sexual violence have never sought help to stop the violence.
  1. How can women in the society hit men in the pockets in tangible ways for them to enact change? Money talks!
  2. Women need to start publicly calling out the men who have in any way shape or form harassed or molested us sexually. Maybe if enough people were called out people would know how systemic this issue. Think of it as how video evidence has changed the game in America regarding racism and police brutality.
  3. We must demand that the laws are changed in Nigeria. Whatever it takes, the federal government should introduce legislation that would prescribe harsh punishment for convicted rapists across all 36 states. There should be very severe punishments when it involves girls who are minors.
  4. The Nigerian government needs more competent women in places of position and power, from the local to the federal government. Women must have a seat at the table if there is going to be any lasting change. It is time to shine Women!
  5. There needs to be less victim shaming to ensure women who speak up not be re-victimized.
  6. As a people, we need to put our money where our mouth is. If rape survivors are going to speak up, the community must come together to help set them up financially and in other tangible ways till they can get back on their feet. Organizations that are in this fight must understand that they have significant role in helping the brave women who speak up, stand back up.
  7. Nigerian government must train the police and healthcare workers on how to handle these cases sensitively and appropriately when they are reported.
  8. Religious leaders, Muslim, Christian and traditional leaders, must vehemently and publicly condemn rape and all gender-based violence.



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