Widows in Nigeria – Culture is No Excuse to Violate

Widows in Nigeria are sometimes treated poorly and stigmatized. This is a shame, considering that women are often the main caregivers for their families. While there is a lot of support in the nation for widows to be treated equitably, there is a long way to go. Widows in Nigeria are facing many challenges. Some of the most common problems are not being able to get health care, living in bad conditions, and not having enough money. Widows also face a number of difficulties when it comes to education. Many widows do not have the opportunity to learn or study, which makes it difficult for them to get good jobs and improve their lives. Additionally, widows face discrimination and prejudice from their own family members.

Women’s employment in Nigeria

The Nigerian economy is not doing so well right now. It is estimated that 90 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty. This is a major problem for the country.

As a result, women are often left out of the workforce, especially in the informal economy. Women who do find work are less likely to receive equal pay for their work than men.

Women are also much more likely to be in vulnerable jobs. These are generally low-value, informal jobs, which means women are more at risk for poor health and exploitation.

Several countries have made legal reforms to increase women’s economic opportunities. In Africa, for example, Zambia has made several reforms in the past three years.

Gender equality is key to improving the economy and ensuring sustainable development. While boosting women’s participation in the labor force is not a magic cure for Nigeria’s economy, it can help protect against economic downturns and improve productivity.

Discrimination against widows

The Nigerian government needs to domesticate the global rights regime, so as to ensure that widows are protected. In addition, the legislation must ensure that gender-based violence is proscribed. Widows’ rights should also be protected by laws, such as those that protect women’s property rights.

Widows in Nigeria are frequently discriminated against. They are often denied inheritance and are subject to routine practices that erode their dignity. There are many widowhood rites in the country, and some of these rites can be harmful.

Although some practices have been replaced by human rights movements, there are still some dehumanizing cultural practices in the country. Nevertheless, eradicating these practices will be a long-term challenge.

The World Health Organisation reports that Nigeria has a number of customary laws and practices affecting widowhood. This paper outlines several of these rites and provides a critical review of how these practices affect widows in the country.


Widows in Nigeria are often treated badly and are subjected to multiple widowhood rites. In some regions, these practices have been replaced by human rights movements. However, many Nigerians still do not see widow maltreatment as a human right.

Women and children in northern Nigeria are vulnerable to HIV transmission. Even though HIV and AIDS are very common, there is still a lot of shame surrounding them. Politicians and religious leaders have added to this stigma by using the disease as an example of how to act morally when it comes to sexual behavior.

Nevertheless, HIV has played an important role in addressing misunderstandings and stigma. Many campaigns have been initiated, including radio programs, rallies, and interviews. They have been designed to educate individuals and communities about the dangers of HIV and its effects.


Widows in Nigeria often face stigma and discrimination. Studies have revealed that they are subjected to sexual harassment, deprivation, and rejection. However, it is important to note that these practices are rooted in culture and age-old traditions.

Despite the country’s adherence to international human rights treaties, some cultural practices that violate women’s rights are still widespread. To eliminate the negative effects of these rites, Nigeria must implement and enforce all legal instruments protecting widows. In sub-Saharan Africa, some countries have banned traditional practices, but the problem isn’t solved.

The traditional practices of some societies, especially those in the north, remain very patriarchal. Even in regions where Christianity is dominant, the traditional practice is often slow to change.

Women in some northern Muslim-dominated states are politically marginalized. They do not usually own their homes or land. Their marriages are limited by customary law, which limits their right to their husbands’ property and income.

Law-making and policy formulation are dominated by men

The gender gap in Nigeria has penetrated almost every aspect of the country’s economy. Women are less likely to participate in the labor force, have limited access to health services and production factors, and are more likely to be part of the informal economy. Despite this, research indicates that increasing women’s economic participation can increase the economy’s productivity. In fact, the IMF has predicted that strengthening women’s economic rights in Nigeria could boost the country’s GDP by 23 percent by 2025.

When making its national action plan (NAP) to fight gender inequality in the country, the Federal Government of Nigeria used a consultative approach. This was accomplished by incorporating a broad consultation process that was devised following extensive meetings with representatives of civil society.

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