Aug 16, 2019

#NBAAGC2019 Session: The Crisis of Sexual and Gender based Violence in our Communities

Gender-Based Violence (GBV), sometimes also referred to as Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is any harmful act of sexual, physical, psychological, mental, and emotional abuse that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed (i.e. gender) differences between males and females.
1 IN 3 women worldwide will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. Men and boys are also targeted. 

From January to December 2017, a total number of 1,639 survivors and those at risk of SGBV were referred to access specialised services including psychosocial counselling, medical care, legal and safety and security services. Out of these, 156 survivors accessed case management services and 226 benefited from legal assistance through UNHCR’s Access to Justice project implemented in Northeast by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Furthermore, issues that have escalated the incidents of sexual and gender based violence in Nigeria includes the high rate of terrorism in some parts of the country. The prevalence of sexual violence within the Boko Haram crisis has been widely reported in humanitarian assessments, human rights reports and media coverage from the early days of the insurgency. 

Boko Haram’s abuses against women and girls, including abduction, forced conversion to Islam, physical and psychological abuse, forced labour, forced participation in insurgency operations and forced marriage, rape, and other sexual abuse have inspired fear among local communities in north-east Nigeria and contributed to the group’s notoriety, both within the region and globally. However, while Boko Haram’s violence against women and girls has been at the center of public attention to the crisis, delivering protection and support for women and girls has been an ongoing challenge in the humanitarian response.

These and many more issues would be discussed at the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association. Experts and legal practitioners will seek to chart a course to reducing the incidences of SGBV in Nigeria. Join the discussion at the #NBAAGC2019 breakout session.