Islam came to the African nation of Nigeria. We have all heard of the massacres and murders and now we are hearing what has happened to the very lives of Nigeria's women and girls.
It's all because Allahu is Ackbar....yes?
The story comes from The Clarion Project.
Violence Against Nigerian Women Grows to 'Alarming Rate'
A bill has been drafted to address gaps in existing legislation on violence against women in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna State. The bill was drafted by a coalition of women, civil and non-governmental organizations under the auspices of Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women.
In a keynote address to the forum, which drafted the legislation and was supported by a large number of Nigerian women and girls, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed, a representative of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Kaduna, said, "We all know that violence against women rate has taken an alarming dimension."
Reports of gender-based violence can be read daily in Nigerian newspapers, including horrific reports of violation of girls between the ages of two and seven.
Statistics gathered in the 2012 Gender in Nigeria Report show that one out of every five Nigerian women and girls between the ages of 15 years to 24 years has been a victim of violence.
"Much of the violence perpetrated against women and young girls are by people they know, and love and trust – their boyfriends, their husbands, their brothers, other relatives, neighbors, school mates, and even their colleagues," said National Centre for Women Development Director-General Onyeka Onwenu in an earlier forum.
Onwenu noted that, "More disturbing is the fact that violence is endemic even in public institutions, including the police, educational bodies where an entrenched 'culture of impunity' protects the perpetrators of rape and other violence against women.”
Although there are laws in Kaduna against violence, they fail to address crimes as far as women are concerned. For example, the punishment for rape can be as little as a fine involving a small sum of money. However, “the damage done on the woman lasts a lifetime. That is why we need a law that will protect the future generation." Mohammed said.