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The lockdown measure in Nigeria was effective in reducing COVID-19 transmission, with closure of schools, movement restriction, and recommended home stays. In spite of these benefits, the COVID-19 lockdown resulted in varying levels of distress among individuals including domestic violence and other forms of violence against women, girls and children. Prior to the outbreak of […]

Wife Battering/Torture

Wife battering and torture include slapping, beating, arm twisting, stabbing, strangling, choking, kicking and many others which are harmful to health and well being of a woman. These acts liable to result to physical abuse have led to sudden death and incapacitation of many women in Nigeria. It is very important to state that wife […]

Raping a woman or girl

It is the unlawful sexual intercourse or any other sexual penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth of a girl/woman with or without force. Under both the Criminal Code and the Penal code, pretending to be the husband of a woman in order to have sexual intercourse with such woman is considered rape. Rape can […]

Child Defilement

Sexual Intercourse (sexual penetration) with a child is Child defilement. Safety tips for children or girl against rape: Children must know that every part of their body is private and should not be touched except for care and cautious affection. Children should be taught to play their role in their Personal Safety and Self Protection […]

Sexually harassing a woman or girl

Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual behavior or contact that is offensive, humiliating or intimidating. It can be committed by writing, verbally or physically. It can also happen in person or online. Section 63 of the Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law 2019 defines sexual harassment as an unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or […]