A recent report by Thomson Reuters Foundation has listed Nigeria as the ninth most dangerous country for women.
In the report, Nigeria had unimpressive ratings in sexual violence, cultural practices, and human trafficking. On the top of the list are India, DR Congo, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and USA, who settled for the last spot on the list.
Nigeria was ranked as the ninth most dangerous country for women with human rights groups accusing the country’s military of torture, rape and killing civilians during its nine-year fight against Islamist insurgency Boko Haram. The conflict has killed more than 30,000 people and spawned one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
The survey carried out by the foundation between March 26 and May 4, 2018, 548 experts on women related matters were accessed on the following standards: health care, cultural practices, discrimination, sexual violence, Non-sexual violence and human trafficking.
The experts surveyed were taken from workers in several fields, including health, policy making, academia and NGOs.
Although Nigeria was not listed in healthcare, discrimination and non-sexual violence, it came sixth in cultural practices that are harmful to women — cultural practices such as female genital mutilation, acid attacks, forced marriage, stoning, physical abuse or mutilation as a way of punishment, female infanticide and child marriage.
The country also came fourth in Human Trafficking including domestic servitude, forced labour, forced marriage and sexual slavery, and tenth in Sexual Violence including rape as a weapon of war; domestic rape; rape by a stranger; the lack of access to justice in rape cases; sexual harassment and coercion into sex as a form of corruption.