West Africa: Husbands Worse Threat to Women Than Gunmen

A report by the International Rescue Committee concludes that the greatest threat to women comes from their intimate partners and that some women suffer cruelty with "shocking frequency".

  • West Africa:  Husbands Worse Threat to Women Than Gunmen

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 3 July 2012

    In conflict-hit West African countries, husbands often pose a greater threat to women's lives than an armed assailant, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said in a recent ... read more »

Domestic violence is often not well documented.

  • Nigeria:  Violent Homes Could Trigger Children's Mental Illness

    Leadership, 23 December 2011

    Although many parents deliberately avoid beating their children as a sign of love and protection. Incessant squabbles between husbands and wives could be as damaging as physical ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  'My Own Husband Splashed Acid On Me'

    Daily Trust, 15 October 2011

    Halira Hassan, 25, is a fair-complexioned, beautiful lady. But on Tuesday, September 20, she was bathed with acid, purportedly by her husband, Hassan Girgije in Gwada village, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Widows - Voices Unheard, Rights Quashed (analysis)

    Leadership, 4 January 2012

    Widows in Nigeria are in the category of the unheard and the forgotten as they are not part of national discourse. GABRIEL EWEPU examines the predicament of this category of ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Domestic Violence - When the Law Fails to Protect

    This Day, 20 September 2011

    ...One Lawyer's Story read more »

  • Nigeria:  In Lagos, Bigamy Is No Longer a Crime

    This Day, 15 December 2011

    You want to marry two or more wives? You can relocate to Lagos State to fulfil your heart's desire as bigamy is no longer a criminal offence there. There is no chance that you ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Private Harm, Public Shame (column)

    Leadership, 21 September 2011

    One thing I've always vowed never to tolerate from my husband is domestic violence. As Nigerian women, we are expected to honour and obey our husbands, but both my parents taught ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Celebrities Call for Stiffer Penalties Against Wife Battery

    Vanguard, 8 September 2011

    Goodwill celebrity ambassadors have urged the Federal Government to put in place stiffer penalties for men who batter their wives. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Wife Battering

    Leadership, 6 August 2011

    According to findings, two-thirds of the women in Nigeria are believed to have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the family, it also states that three in ... read more »

  • Ghana:  Group Puts Women's Inheritance Rights Under Spotlight

    Public Agenda, 1 August 2011

    The right of women to inherit their deceased husbands is one that has faced great resistance from adherents of traditional customs and some religious sects in most African ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Health Implications of Spousal Abuse

    Leadership, 18 July 2011

    Nothing good ever comes out of a fight, especially one between spouses. Winifred Ogbebo reports on the implications on health. read more »