Today is the International Day For The Violence Against Women.
It is day set aside to raise awareness about the difference forms of violence women around the world are subject to, including rape, domestic violence as well as physical, sexual, emotional and mental forms of violence.
The united Nations says that 35percent of Women worldwide have experienced either physical and sexual intimate partner or a non- partner sexual violence.
Too often, it goes unreported and unpunished, and sometimes with deadly consequences.
A recent study was carried out in Nigeria by the ministry of women’s affairs and social development with support from the United Nations Population Fund Nigeria and the Norwegian Government
It found out that 28% of Nigerian women aged 25-29 have experienced some form of physical violence since age 15.
The lockdown introduced by the federal and state government following the outbreak of COVID-19 only further escalated the situation as some men found themselves out of work
Women and children trapped indoor were left trapped indoors with some frustrated men.
According to a report by The Nigeria Police Force, about 717 rape cases were recorded between January and May.
It leads to questions about if the provisions in Section 55(1)(d) of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria is responsible for the rise in the violence against women.
The section provides that an assault by a man on a woman is not an offense if they are married, if native law or custom recognizes such “correction” as lawful, and if there is no grievous hurt.
The theme for this year’s international Day for the elimination of violence against women is orange the World : Fund, Respond, prevent, collect.