Is Violence Against Women in Nigeria Under-reported?
Fellow Nigerians, It feels really good to connect here with you all.
I am a social worker and during my practice, i have met clients who although being victims of domestic violence rather not report it because of fear of portraying the husband in bad light. Some women even feel that been beaten up by ones mate shows that the man loves and values them.
Recently, i had a discussion with 3 men who said that "violence against women and gender inequality are not Nigerias problem," they went on to say that as long as the family is together and the children are raised by both parents in the same household then there's no point letting the world know whether she (the wife) is happy or not.
In a community i presently work with in Lagos, i met a 12 year old girl who was raped by a 70 year old man. It took a while to reach out to her, after we connected, she confided in me that living in the same house with the man who abused her was very traumatic for her. I spoke with the parents about moving out of the house and seeking redress in the justice systems and they responded simply by saying "that matter has been settled!" I felt like i have failed the girl, myself and my profession.
Has anyone else experienced similar challenges?
I am seeking your opinion about these issues and how we can bring them to the lime light and curb it.
Anxious to read your thoughts.