At least four in 10 girls in Nigeria are married before they turn 18, while almost a fifth are wed before 15, UNICEF data shows. This article by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani gives voice to victims and the Centre for Women and Adolescent Empowerment (CWAE), who are doing all they can, against significant opposition, to support parents and children, and encourage them not to sell off the daughters to marriage early. Reprinted with permission.
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For the author Noelle Omesham Oputa, this article on gender, patriarchy, and Nigeria is not academic, but rather an attempt to simplify academic discussions and present it in a way that is relatable to a wider audience. For a more scholarly research on this topic, she invites you to email her email@example.com. Secondly, she notes this might be a long read, so you might want to get a cup of tea.. Reprinted with permission.
Many women have lost male relatives to war and find themselves in the role of sole breadwinner. One in four Syrian refugee families is now headed by a woman, while elsewhere, such as Northern Nigeria, women are plugging the gaps in healthcare practitioners and midwives in the face of stark conditions. This article by Adela Suliman takes a closer look. Reprinted with permission.
Adebisi Adewusi is particularly interested in writing about issues relating to gender and feminism, and in this blog for The Female Orator, Adebisi shares her thoughts on the gendered impacts of widowhood rites on Nigerian women, and what we can do to help. These impacts include restrictions on movement and economic activity, discriminatory inheritance laws, and a lack of support leaving widows at the mercy of family-members. Reprinted with permission.
A child bride at 10, unexpected champions gave Ene the strength to make her daring escape. Now she’s empowering the next generation to unleash the potential of gender equality. Reprinted with permission.
Stories of men in Nigeria leaving their families to carry on affairs with other women, or throwing out their wives because of some dissatisfaction or other are so common place they are a trope in Nollywood films. In these movies these “good” women endure their partner’s humiliations with stoic resolve, resorting to prayer and pleading to bring their men to their senses. There’s usually a lot of crying.
So when musician Tiwa Savage decided to end her marriage to her manager, Tunji Balogun (TeeBillz), last year, her ex took to Twitter and in a series of now deleted messages accused her of infidelity, disrespect and witchcraft. Savage shot back in a candid interview.
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In this blog, Wana Udobang shares what her feminism means to her, and where it came from. Rather than drawing its roots through feminist writers or spaces, Wana uses concludes that her feminism has always been something primal, a natural response to her and her mothers shared, and often violent, experiences in a patriarchal family, and world. Reprinted with permission.
In this blog, Jenny Chisom Opara ponders the possibility that by focusing on empowering women, Nigeria may be leaving behind its men and boys in terms of positive human development. What’s more, this bodes ill for future years as men struggle to adapt to a world with greater female empowerment.
The age long agreement has been that women constitute the greatest opposition to themselves, yet in this blog, Blossom Ozurumba contests the continuing relevance of this “wisdom”. Recalling a productive and inspiring meeting between herself, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell, and seven other women focused on both the challenges and opportunities facing women and girls in Nigeria, Ozurumba finds that women are increasingly supporting women in all spheres of life.
Gender equity is recognized as an important determinant of health as well as a critical goal for global development, yet progress remains inhibited by stubborn and harmful cultural norms. This blog highlights the useful tools being created and used for programme managers to help facilitate transformative change that can overcome these barriers. Reprinted with permission.