A gender perspectives on women in domestic abuse in Nigeria(polygamy)


Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking. Most victoms are women.

Law is the best arm for the sufferer.In Western World, it is generally outlawed. Howere, in many developing countries, domestic violence is recognized by law. For instance, in 2010, the United Arab Emirates’s Supreme Court ruled that a man has the right to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he does not leave physical marks.Besides, the social acceptability of domestic violence also differs by country. While in most developed countries domestic violence is considered unacceptable by most people, in many regions of the world the views are different: according to a UNICEF survey, the percentage of women aged 15–49 who think that a husband is justified in hitting or beating his wife under certain circumstances is, for example: 90% in Jordan, 85.6% in Guinea, 85.4% in Zambia, 85% in Sierra Leone, 81.2% in Laos, and 81% in Ethiopia.

In fact, as polygamy countries, Nigeria, its human rights record remains poor and government officials at all levels continue to commit serious abuses. Human rights is difficult to secure. Domestic violence is also rather common.Without the help of law,what can be done? (What can be done for domestic violence in this country?)Anthonia O. Uzuegbunam from  Public Administration and Local Government University of Nigeria, made a recommendation in his research published in Open Journal of Philosophy:

Theoretically, violence is a human rights issue, and human rights are fundamental to values of dignity, equality, non-discrimination and non-interference, and these cut across gender, social, cultural, political, class, religious and geographical issues. Human beings, properties and resources are in millions daily destroyed. Children are abused. Women remain injured and humiliated, so much so that men’s status seemed to be changing. Hence, this study embarked on examining Women in Domestic Violence inNigeriausing gender perspectives. Among the findings is that in many parts ofNigeria, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class, religion and culture. Recommendations made include the following: adoption of concerted or integrated approach to decision making and implementation.

Recommend: Open Journal of Philosophy, Volume 3, Number 1A(Special issue on African Contributions to Philosophy in the Globalized World in the Light of Professor Maduabuchi Dukor’s “Four Great Works on African Philosophy”, February 2013)

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