The silent crime; a sociological appraisal of gender-based violence experienced by women in Yoruba culture of Nigeria

Yetunde A Aluko, Olabisi Onabanjo University
Olusola Aluko-Arowolo

Gender-based violence (female infanticide, incest, child prostitution, rape, partner violence, psychological abuse, sexual harassment, etc) occurs in all societies and is largely unpoliced. Such violence occurs within the home or in the wider community and affects women and girls disproportionately. However, though such violence is widespread, information is usually fragmented and anecdotal. A culture of silence surrounds cases of violence against women in most countries, making it difficult to get a true picture of its extent. Within this backdrop, this study seeks to examine the various types of gender-based violence experienced by women in some selected communities in south-western, Nigeria. What is the extent of this violence? In what ways has culture influenced women’s experiences within the home and the society at large? How is culture seen as an obstacle to women’s rights?

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Presented in Session 65: Gender inequities and inequalities