In most states in Nigeria, women have been systematically discriminated against for several decades and this has affected their mental and emotional stability. It has also impacted negatively on the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals. A large number of Nigerian women experience violence, discrimination, and social exclusion on a daily basis. While the nation is prospering economically, the exclusion of women in the daily administration of the country has retarded the expected growth. The situation of Nigerian women needs special attention as they are daily brutalized, maltreated and dehumanized. They have been made poor by virtue of certain cultural beliefs which inhibit women from gainful employment. Consequently, Nigerian women have less power within the Nigerian society. Although they are active in large numbers, most leadership positions in the organizations, and political positions at local, state and national levels are often been held by men. If the assertion that women are the first a child has is to go by, there is need for urgent steps to be taken to ensure that violence against women and girls, including domestic violence, marital rape, and all forms of sexual abuse, constitutes a criminal offence, whether committed inside or outside the home while the perpetrators are prosecuted, punished and rehabilitated.
Akindejoye Temidayo, Olabanjo Olumide Ayenakin, Tolulope Omolola Fateropa. Human rights and dignity of Nigerian women: The imperative for sustainable peace and development. International Journal of Law, Volume 8, Issue 4, 2022, Pages 95-99