The Oppression Of The Inequality Of 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…
It requires time and effort to enforce changes in society. However, there are many solutions and proposals that can help promote more awareness and help bring out women’s voices and thoughts. Two of the most possible solutions are more involvement of women in politics and more promotion of organizations that focus on women’s rights and equality. One of the most obvious solutions and proposals to tackle women 's inequality is to have more representation of women in the government. According to an article in Al Jazeera, Fateme Karimkhan, a journalist, states that in the government, “the most important things is there are women...It could be a chance for women to have their own voice in parliament.” Recently 14 women have secured seats in parliament. Karimkhan also states, “Seeing more women in the political roles can change the image of politicians. Step-by-step people would not look at this as a man 's job any more." By having more women active in politics, many of the ongoing issues can be addressed. However, there is a downside to this. According to Nahid Tavasoli, a women’s right researcher and activist, she explains that although there are more women who are applying to participate in the government, “Considering their male-dominated views, members of the Guardian Council are more likely to disqualify female candidates.” Furthermore, in a report by CNN, many of the women

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