Demands to Crack Down on Violence Against Women Rise in Nigeria

The murder and presumed rape inside a church of Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a microbiology student at the University of Benin, has sparked a national outcry over widespread violence against women across Nigeria. The hashtag #JusticeForUwa is trending, prompting the Inspector-General of Police to assign the investigation to force headquarters in Abuja. Among those calling for heightened action to protect and empower women and girls in Nigeria is Toyin Saraki, who heads the Wellbeing Africa Foundation. "Violence against women and girls is all too familiar, prosecutions and convictions are not, writes Anietie Ewang of Human Rights Watch.

Nigerians gather to protest sexual assault and violence against women and girls on June 1, 2020.

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