Women In Nigeria

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In many cases, women struggle with inequality and oppression because the government lack enforcement to protect them. In Iran as well as Nigeria, the government focuses on other elements such as economic growth rather than protection of women. The lack of government support and protection affects the inequality that women faces. With no protection against violence and oppression faced by women, it makes women extremely vulnerable in society. In some cases, the government takes an even detrimental step, and attacks women who do speak up about the inequalities. In Iran it is more apparent that the government contribute very less effort in protecting women. Instead of protecting, in Iran, women specifically, female activists are often harassed, …show more content…
The Boko Haram, an extremist group in Nigeria, captures women and young children and persecutes them. Much of the violence against women stems from the Boko Haram. While Boko Haram goes out of its way to attack women, the Nigerian government is barely doing anything to protect the women. Although the authorities have made it clear through statements of enforcing more protection and defense against the Boko Haram. There is no evidence to show that progress. Instead, Nigerian police and government officials are not held accountable, and in many instances people usually get away. In some cases rather than protecting the women, the authorities are the ones attacking the women. According to a report made in The Washington Post, women who are rescued from the Boko Haram still face trouble. After their rescue, the Nigerian government typically leaves them in abandoned houses and displacement camps. Many military soldiers, who are ordered to rescue the women from the Boko Haram, burned down huts while women are still inside and they would shoot wildly. Overall, in both Iran and Nigeria, the government lacks effort in protecting women from oppression and in some cases, they contribute to the oppression and …show more content…
Organizations that focuses on issues regarding women’s rights help unite the female population, therefore they are able to work together and fight for change. For example, the Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) collaborated on an event that gathered many political activists together to promote more involvement of women to fight for equality. This conference was created so people with experience can share their thoughts and encourage more people to get involved. Adding on, international organizations such as the United Nations, also seek to promote more protection on women’s rights. According to UN News Centre, Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, states that people in the UN Women are doing their best to incorporate practices that have been discussed by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Some practices are to train soldiers to be more aware and ready to respond to issues regarding sexual violence. Besides the UN, the Human Rights Watch, is also another key organization that is promoting women’s equality. The HRW started a campaign called #watch4women, whose goal is to promote more equality of women in Iran, by permitting Iran from joining the International Volleyball

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