Open Journal of Philosophy
2013. Vol.3, No.1A, 185-191
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Women in Domestic Violence in Nigeria:
Anthonia O. Uzuegbunam
Public Administration and Local Government University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
Received September 5th, 2012; revised October 7th, 2012; accepted October 22nd, 2012
Theoretically, violence is a human rights issue, and human rights are fundamental to values of dignity,
equality, non-discrimination and non-interference, and these cut across gender, social, cultural, political,
class, religious and geographical issues. Human beings, properties and resources are in millions daily de-
stroyed. Children are abused. Women remain injured and humiliated, so much so that men’s status
seemed to be changing. Hence, this study embarked on examining Women in Domestic Violence in Nige-
ria using gender perspectives. Among the findings is that in many parts of Nigeria, women and girls are
subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse that cuts across lines of income, class, religion and
culture. Recommendations made include the following: adoption of concerted or integrated approach to
decision making and implementation.
Keywords: Women; Domestic Violence; Gender; Perspective
A manifestation of historically unequal power relations be-
tween genders is a reflection of domestic violence against
women. This in turn led to domination, discrimination and
abuse against women. Such an existence in society contributed
to slow pace of women advancement or development. Thus,
violence against women is as a result of power imbalances,
cultural beliefs and social structures that perpetuate these ills.
Oftentimes women and female children are synonymous with
the kitchen. Some of these women are voiceless no matter the
treatment meted to them. In effect domestic violence in Nige-
rian society is applied as a mechanism for controlling the ambi-
tious tendencies of some women. As a consequence, women-
folk unfortunately exploit this situation in society by constitut-
ing themselves ardent perpetrators of violence or abuse on
women and children.
Indeed the roles played by such perpetrators like the males,
close relations, partners and the society itself have been ex-
pressed and even documented but that played by the women
themselves is extant in literature and as such is played down in
recognition. Against this background this paper attempted to
analyse violence and abuse against women and children as
perpetrated by women themselves and proffer useful strategies
towards the reduction of violence and abuse against women in
society. Specifically, the paper raised and attempted to answer
the following research questions:
What areas can be identified as situations of domestic vio-
lence on women by women?
Who are the women that are most frequently at risk of
women violence by women?
In what forms can women violence by women be identi-
How do male and female genders perceive women violence
by women in society?
What strategies could be adopted towards the reduction of
women violence in Nigerian society?
However, the above research questions were analyzed using
Tables 1-6. Table 1 showed the background information of the
respondents like age, sex, religion, educational qualification etc.
Table 2 indicated the women most frequently at risk of women
violence by their follow women. Table 3 indicated the forms of
violence against women by fellow women in percentages. Ta-
ble 4 showed the effects of women violence by fellow women.
Table 5 indicated the best considered strategy “Self Searching
Management” (SSM) by sex. And Table 6 summarized table of
regression analysis showing SSM as the dependent variable.
Violence carries with it varied definitions depending on the
definer and the situation in which it is defined. Violence con-
notes rough treatment, use of bodily force on others, especially
unlawfully, to hurt or harm. It is also regarded as an act of hu-
man inflictions, deprivations and discrimination resulting in or
likely to result in unlawful physical, sexual and psychological
harm, suffering or deprivation (UN, 1993). Furthermore, vio-
lence is perceived as the use of physical force, accompanied by
fury, violence or outrage, (Arinze, 2008). It is also described as
the utilization of physical force that induces damage or injury,
intense natural force or energy, an abusive use of force, passion,
fury, disturbance and desecration, (US Office: 2004; UN, 2008).
As a corollary, domestic violence is perceived as violence
among members of a family, same household, clan etc. Thus,
operationally, domestic violence connotes violence perpetrated
and occasioned at home by known and identified individuals or
groups. Domestic violence includes any aggressive behaviour
or maltreatment among intimate partners which occur in pri-
vacy of a home, family or clan. These include all hostile acts
committed by any family members against another, spouse,
parents, child, siblings, grandparents, in-laws etc, irrespective
of sex, status, race, age, religion or emotional state. It can be in
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form of aggressive behaviours by which the victims are physi-
cally or emotionally disturbed or harmed. Thus, any threat/or
indecent assault, personal or economic intimidation, undue
curtailment of freedom, any expression that reduces a person’s
dignity, any physical assaults, blows, beating, strangulations
that are complete or incomplete, jabs with sharp or blunt ob-
jects, slaps, kicks, sexual abuse of any kind, inordinate sexual
demand and or refusal, etc., constitute manifestations of vio-
lence within the home, household or family, clan etc., (Uzueg-
Violence against women can be defined in various ways. For
instance, violence against women is perceived as gendered
violence directed at women for the very fact of being women,
(Spain office, OVW, 2004). However, UN, (1993) described
violence against women as any act of gender-based violence,
that results in, or is likely to result in physical, sexual or
psychological harm, or suffering to women, including
threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of
liberty, occurring in public or private life.
Hence any violence directed to the female gender either by
male gender or by the females themselves is regarded as vio-
lence against women. However, the more horrifying aspect of
violence is that perpetrated by women themselves on women.
Here lies the thrust of this paper as a point of departure from
many available documentation of domestic violence in the so-
The concept of “women” is derived from our perception of
the sex in animals or plants that produce or are capable of pro-
ducing eggs and bearing young ones. It also relates to any re-
productive structure that contains elements to be fertilized by
male elements. Hence the word women incorporates adult fe-
males, girls and babies since they all have attributes of feminine
gender, (Arinze, 2008). In Nigeria, the concept and role of
women are biologically, culturally, historically, institutionally
and situationally defined. Biologically, women in Nigeria are
understood as the concept explained above i.e. feminine gender.
Culturally, women are perceived as profane creatures that de-
serve no respect and as such should be treated as sub-ordinates
to men. They should not be heard in any discussions or deci-
sion-making. Their place is always in the kitchen. They cannot
think for themselves and their thoughts are considered worth-
less. They should not eat certain foods or meat. They should not
have access to any inheritance including land. The married ones
are regarded as men’s property that could be beaten up or
thrown away at the least point of provocation. Any wrong do-
ing in society is attributed to the women especially bad behav-
iours of children in society. Historically, women were under-
stood as inconsequential creatures who could not contribute
meaningfully to societal development. But today some women
in top national, state and local government positions have
proved that women possess the potentials for societal develop-
ment. So, women are today understood as useful partners in
societal development. Institutionally, women in Nigeria are
seen as an institution in themselves. They are regarded as the
second class citizens of the society doing things in groups and
in their own way. They should not be regarded as having the
same nature with male folk and as such are not equal in the
eyes of the society. Situationally, women are perceived as cata-
lysts in certain situations and as agents of doom in other situa-
tions. For instance, in conflict resolutions and management the
women are seen to be the force that could calm down the situa-
tion after all efforts of the males have failed. But at the time of
benefits and dividends sharing, women are conceived to be
sub-ordinate and inconsequential group in society. Against
these various perceptions of the concept of women in Nigeria
society, the various treatment of women in society were derived.
Hence, the idea of discrimination, degradation, disrespect, dep-
rivation of rights and priviledges etc. emerged.
The idea of gender is simply derived from the state of mas-
culine and feminine. It is a division into male and female
groups in society. It has to deal with sex structure in human
being making them behave the way they do. Thus it refers to
men and women in society which in turn affect their percep-
tions of domestic violence and women in Nigerian society.
Philosophically, women in domestic violence in Nigeria
should be understood from the African world View or philoso-
phy. This world view is based on the theistic charter that explains
the interaction or relationship of human beings in the society
including marriages from the system of values existing in that
society, (Dukor, 2010). Thus, for Africans, every sex group,
Dukor continued, is organized on the existence of certain divi-
sion of labour, and distribution patterns of privileges and duties.
These subsequently require skills, habits and legal standards for
satisfying needs, Hence, in pre-colonial Africa, Nigeria inclu-
sive, the epistemological foundation specified that there was no
intention for inequality, injustice and lack of freedom.
Thus, this charter, Dukor appropriately referred to as Africa
theistic existentialism and it should be respected so as to accord
the mother earth her due deference.
However, people including women, accepted this basic on-
tological thesis, until some exploitation and manipulations of
existing norms and values of epistemological foundation of
Africa gender set in. As a result of modern education, com-
plexities of life and obvious impacts of development and glob-
alization, the world, including women perceive some of the
positions of women as violence against them.
Again, Dukor, (2010: p. 65) diagrammatically explained the
different faces of gender consciousness. He traced the gender
class struggle from gender classless ontological regime, which
moved into gender community of balanced psychic and mate-
rial order and arrived at the struggle. What is being explained
here philosophically is that there are three broad stages of gen-
der stress ontology. The first stage “A” shows no gender dif-
ferentiation which he called gender classless being People in-
nocently understood themselves as one specie of humanly.
Then, for purposes of interaction and mutual healthy procrea-
tion, the next stage “B” referred to as Gender community set in.
Finally, through the colonial experiences, the regime of acute
differentiation of male and female with modern ontology dis-
regarded the African ontology which resulted in gender class
struggle (See Figure 1), it is the present situation that prompted
Consequently, Dukor, proposed that what the African phi-
losophy is prescribing to any gender discourse is to base the
work on classless social order that is free from gender class
struggle. The studies should be based on vital opportunities that
facilitate the realization of women’s aspiration and goals in life.
Dukor’s views point on this paper on Women in Domestic
Violence is an exposition that women’s violence problem
should be tackled from women’s self-solution since most of the
sufferings are women self-affliction or implementation of so-
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Gender stress ontology venn diagram. Source: Dukor, M. (2010). Gender discourse in Africa
Rationale for Observation of Fundamental
Human Rights among Women in Nigeria tions to all African Union (AU) member states citizens.
These rights and obligations granted by both national and in-
ternational treaties and conventions ought to be enforced. Yet,
various crimes of domestic violence against women are still
perpetrated in Nigerian society with equanimity. It is high time,
women and the law rose up to this challenge. Thus, the present
research sought to determine whether various forms of women
violence perpetrated by women is a contributing factor for the
persistence of violence against women in Nigerian society and
proffered the best considered strategy for reduction of the
scourge. It was then hypothesized that there would be signifi-
cant prevalence of various forms of violence against women
perpetrated by women and that there would be no significant
gender difference in the prevalence and best considered strategy
for its reduction.
The rationale behind the objective of this paper stems from
the observation that despite the constitutional provision of fun-
damental rights of the individuals irrespective of gender,
women are still everywhere in chains. For instance, the Federal
Republic of Nigeria 1999 Constitution, in its chapter IV cap-
tioned “Fundamental Rights” provides for equality under the
law. It guarantees the right to life and protection from inhuman
and degrading treatments. In addition to the rights provided by
the constitution, other provisions in our criminal and penal
codes, which identify certain actions as crimes were also pro-
vided. Examples include sexual and non-sexual assaults. There
are of course standard setting instruments below which a nation
cannot fall without being barbaric. These include Universal
Declaration of Human Right (UDHR), and Elimination of All
Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). To these
instruments Nigeria signed and ratified without reservation.
Even the National Assembly has been trying to make it a do-
mestic law, including the hindrance created by section 12 of the
1999 constitution. This section 12 provides for Declaration on
Elimination of All Forms of violence against women. The Af-
rican character on Human and Peoples Rights, which has al-
ready been domesticated, also guarantees these rights afore-
mentioned. Furthermore, the Supreme Court in Abacha vs.
Fawehinmi stated that the African Charter like chapter IV of the
1979 and 1999 constitution of Nigeria grants rights and obliga-
A sample of 900 participants from the total Nigeria popula-
tion of 140.3 million people (2006 population census) was ini-
tially selected. Nigeria has six (6) geo-political zones. Stratified
random sampling was applied to select the respondents from
each of the six zones. Out of the 900 sampled, 140 (15.56%)
did not return the questionnaire, 20 (2.22%) returned the ques-
tionnaire but uncompleted, while responses of 40 participants
were not analyzed as a result of omission of items. Thus, the
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analysis was based on 700 participants. The participants con-
sisting of 360 males and 340 females were of the age range
within 15 years - 55 and above with mean age of 22.3 years and
standard deviation of 1.18. Majority of respondents 616 (88.0%)
were married, 81 (11.5%) were single and 3 (0.4%) were di-
vorced. Christians among the participants were 660 (94.3%)
while Muslims and others 40 (5.7%). Many of the respondents
were literate, the highest number coming from WASC/GCE
339 (48.4%) and the least number received were from the Ph.D/
Equivalent 3 (0.4%). Duration of the study was 18 months.
The instrument used for this study was a set of questionnaire
consisting of 14 statements of violence against women as per-
petrated by women in society. In its likert-type questionnaire,
some of the statements were positively stated while others were
negatively stated. The first part of the questionnaire contains
demographic data on the respondents. The second part were
substantial to the study meant to assess the respondents’ per-
ceptions about violence committed against women by women.
Again two sets of focused group discussion based on the state-
ments of the questionnaire were organized. One session was for
males and another for female respondents. Data from secondary
source like other people’s work, the library and the dailies also
supported the data collection.
Violence against women by women in forms, areas, effects
and strategy for reducing women’s violence in society were
measured based on a ranked 14-variables questions scale. The
ranking was based on responses to the variables as: strongly
agree—5 points; agree—4 points; disagree—3 points; strongly
disagree—2 points and undecided—1 point.
The questionnaire was administered individually using 6
field research assistants. One research assistants for each zone
using 150 respondents for each zone, was adopted. Using this
scale, the respondents were scored. If for instance, the perpe-
trators of women violence using the co-wives of same clan
were scored, the highest mark obtained was 269 for strongly
agree while the lowest mark was 17 for strongly disagree (M =
1.8, SD = 1.1). Based on this scoring, the data collected were
analyzed. X2 test of association and regression co-efficient were
also adopted to ascertain significance of the relationship of
gender perception and the best considered strategy for reduction
of women violence by fellow women.
Analysis of findings derived from research questions.
Table 1 showed the background information of the respon-
dents like age, sex, religion, educational qualification etc.
However, the findings from the study show that participants
willingly responded to all the statements on violence against
women by fellow women from different sexes, ages, religion,
educational qualification, marital status and cultural or geo-
political zones of Nigeria. This explains that the respondents
have either witnessed the violence or have been victims them-
selves. Thus, for question on various perpetrators and areas of
perpetration, the respondents gave such perpetrators as “daugh-
ters of same family or clan (Umuada)” with agree—4 points
scoring the highest 298 (42.6%) and strongly disagree scoring
Percentage distribution of respondents by background information.
Variable Frequency Percentage (N = 700)
Male 360 51.4
Female 340 48.6
15 - 19 166 23.7
20 - 24 291 41.6
25 - 29 171 24.4
30 - 34 38 5.4
35 - 39 9 1.3
40 and above 15 2.1
Married 616 88.1
Unmarried 84 11.9
North-North 82 11.71
North-Central 97 13.85
North-West 116 16.57
South-South 120 17.14
South-West 140 20.00
South-East 145 20.713
Christianity 426 60.86
Islamism 224 32.00
Others 50 7.14
Highest Educational Qualification:
Primary School 18 2.6
WASC/GCE 339 48.4
National 103 14.0
Diploma/HND 217 31.0
Masters Degree and above40 5.7
Source: prepared by the researcher from field work 2010.
the least 25 (3.6%). For perpetrators as “women co- wives of
the same family or clan” “agree”—4 points scale, scored the
highest 297 (42.4%) with “strongly disagree” scoring 17 (2.4%).
For perpetrators as women in politics, “agree”—4 points scale
scored the highest 221 (31.6%) with “strongly disagree” scor-
ing the least 63 (9.0%). Perpetrators as women in same zones of
religion activities “agree”—4 points scale scored 176 (25.0%)
as the highest, while “undecided” scored the least of 102 (14.6%).
Perpetrators as “women in same occupation, “agree”—4 points
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scale scored 218 (31.1%) as the highest while strongly dis-
agree—2 points scored the least mark of 42 (6.0%).
Women most frequently at risk of women violence by fellow
women, forms of violence or abuse on women by fellow
women, perceptions of respondents about the women violence
by fellow women and respondents perceptions on the best con-
sidered strategy, were also responded to by the participants.
These were distributed in the tables below:
Table 2 indicated the women most frequently at risk of
women violence by their follow women. And from the table, it
shows that the childless women 340 (48.6%) scored the highest
measure of credibility, followed by the widows 318 (45.4%),
the women poor 287 (41.0%), the illiterate women 283,
(40.4%), the women employees, 254, (36.3%), the women po-
litical aspirants, 218 (18.9%) and others 12, (1.7%) in that order
Table 3 indicated the forms of violence against women by
fellow women in percentages. By ranking of the scores made,
widowhood rituals scored the highest 310 (44.3%) then fol-
lowed by chasing her out of her husband’s house 249,
(35.6%), deliberately denying her rights and dues, 230,
(32.9%), humiliating the victim 182, (260.0%), isolating the
victim from her family and friends, 176, (25.1%), making the
victim feel embarrassed 175, (25.0%) women and children
trafficking 147 (21.0%), controlling what the victim can do or
cannot do 138, (19.7) and withholding information, 111 (15.9%)
in that order.
Table 4 showed the effects of women violence by fellow
women. Therefore, since the mean is above 2.5, it therefore
indicates that the difference between satisfactory and dissatis-
factory effects of women violence by fellow women is signifi-
cant as tested through the use of mean, standard deviation and
X2 chi square test of association.
Table 5 indicated the best considered strategy “Self Search-
ing Management” (SSM) by sex.
Test of Hypothesis
Ho: The hypothesis states that there is no significant differ-
ence between gender and perceptions of SSM as the best con-
sidered strategy for reduction of women violence.
y mx b 0.155x0.787
are the regression coefficients; 0.155 is the value of slope of the
line; 0.787 is the interception on the y axis; α means the level of
significance, the probability of rejecting the Ho when it is not
true. Significance is the calculated value of level of variation
and is compared to the level α; α means alpha value which is
Table 5 showed the perceptions of the respondents to SSM
by sex. From there the test regression coefficient was employed
in testing the hypothesis which states that there is no significant
difference in the opinions of gender on the best considered
strategy SSM. The first part of the table indicates the needed
statistics for discussing the rate of variation in SSM evaluation,
which can be explained by gender or sex effects. The value of
R2 shows the combined effects of both sexes. This R2 value of
0.00018 means that less than 1 percent variation in SSM analy-
sis was explained by the combined effects of both sexes.
The B value of 0.787 + 0.155 in the table, measured the re-
gression coefficients indicating the effects of both sexes. Thus,
Participants responses on the women most frequently at risk of women
violence by their fellow women.
Rank Women’s Group Frequency Percentage
2 The widows 318 45.4
6 The women political aspirant 218 31.1
3 The women poor 287 41.0
5 The women employees 254 36.3
7 The women great achievers 132 18.9
1 The childless women 340 48.6
4 The illiterate women 283 40.4
8 Others, specify 12 1.7
Source: prepared by the researcher from fieldwork 2010.
Participants’ responses by forms of violence on women by fellow
women in percentages.
RankForms of Violence Frequency Percentage
A: Widowhood rituals e.g. drinking
of water used in bathing the dead
B: Emotional and psychological
7 Women and child trafficking 147 21.0
4 Humiliating the victim publicly or
privately 182 26.0
8 Controlling what the victim can or
cannot do 138 19.7
9 Withholding information from the
victim 111 15.9
2 Chasing her out of her husband’s
house 249 35.6
6 Making the victim feel embarrassed
and rejected 175 25.0
5 Isolating the victim from family and
friends 176 25.1
3 Deliberately, denying the victim of
her rights and dues 230 32.9
Source: prepared by the researcher from fieldwork, 2010.
Participants perception on the effects of women violence by fellow
Perceptions PercentageObserved N Expected N X SD
Very Satisfied14.1 99 116.7
Satisfied 23.4 164 116.7
Dissatisfied 30.9 216 116.7
Very dissatisfied26.9 188 116.7
Undecided 4.7 33 116.7
TOTAL 100 700 700
Note: X2 = value 298.66; df = 5; p ≤ 0.000; Source: as analysed from the tables of
he field work, 2010. t
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Participants’ responses by best considered strategy “Self Searching Management (SSM)” by sex. Summary of best considered strategy “Self Search-
ing Management” (SSM) by sex.
Gender SA 5 A 4 SD 3 D 2 UND 1 TOTAL
Male 173 136 0 0 51 360
Female 104 192 2 1 41 340
Total 277 328 2 1 92 700
Source: as analyzed in Tables 1-4.
Summary table of regression analysis showing SSM as the dependent variable.
Variable Multiple R R2 Simple R SE “U” B CoefficientSES Beta F Significance
Sex 0.013 0.00018 0.00125 1.14327 0.15507 0.06429 0.0909 5.818 0.0161
(Constant) 0.787332 0.09883 63.4660 0.0000
Note: dependent variable: Self Searching Management (SSM); Significance level = 0.05 (constant “0”) 0.787332; Source: as analyzed from Table 5.
when the effects of gender are held constant or controlled. SSM
evaluation will result in 0.787332. But since the variable sex-
male and female were measured in different units it is the Beta
value that shows the relationship of the sex to the perception on
SSM. The Beta value indicates 0.0909 and the F value is 5.818
with the significance F as 0.0161. Therefore, the significance F
is less than 0.05.
Since significance F = 0.0161 is less than α = 0.05, we reject
Ho, and conclude that the relationship between sex and SSM
perceptions is not inverse but direct. There is therefore a sig-
nificant difference between the perceptions of SSM and gender
of the respondents.
The main aim of this paper was to determine whether the
prevalence of women violence by fellow women is a factor to
the persistence of domestic violence against women in Nigerian
society and to proffer the best considered strategy towards the
reduction of violence against women.
Thus, the prevalence of violence against women by fellow
women was confirmed. The study revealed that most common
perpetrators are the daughters of same family or clan, co-wives
of same family or clan, women in politics, women in same
occupation, women in zones of same religious activities. The
worst offenders being daughters of same family or clan
(Umuada) with the highest score of 297, (42.4%). Despite the
fact that the respondents were from different culture in geopo-
litical zones of Nigeria, the story was the same problem.
Women most frequently at risk of women violence by fellow
women include, the widows, the women political aspirants, the
women poor, the women employees, the women great achievers,
the childless women and the illiterate women. The childless
women and the widows topped the list with 340, (48.6%) and
318, (45.4%) respectively. This supports the assertion that it is
a curse to be childless or widowed in Nigeria society.
Forms of violence against women by fellow women were in-
dicated as two main categories namely widowhood rituals e.g.
drinking of water used in bathing the dead husband and the
other category, emotional and psychological violence namely;
women and children trafficking, humiliating the victim publicly
and privately, controlling what the victim can and cannot do,
withholding information from the victim, deliberately denying
the victim of her rights and dues, chasing her out of her hus-
band’s house, making the victim feel embarrassed and rejected
and isolating the victim from her family and friends. The wid-
owhood rituals was regarded as the most common tragedy since
it scored the highest marks of 310, (44.3%) followed by chas-
ing her out of her husband’s house with the score of 249,
(35.6%) in the ranking order. From these two stem all the other
ills against women and children.
The respondent’s opinions as to their feeling about the vio-
lence against women by fellow women in Nigerian society.
Tested through the test of mean, standard deviation and X2
chi-square statistics. The results confirmed that the situation is a
human right violation and as such should be challenged. Tested
whether a strategy suggested by the research, SSM could help
in reducing violence against women, the respondents affirmed
that it is worth trying because of its relevance to the solution of
human problems as proved by the score 216, (30.0%) dissatis-
fied with the violence situation against 99, (14.1%) satisfied
with the situation. Again, tested whether gender affects the
participants opinions through the test of regression analysis, the
test revealed that there is no significant difference in the opin-
ions of males and females but that the relationship is direct.
The prevalence of women violence by women themselves is
high and has been considered as an important factor in the per-
sistence of violence against women. If the owners of land dese-
crate the land they live in, they would not blame anybody for
the land’s extinction. Any house divided among itself can never
stand. Thus, if women continue to be their own problem, then
the solution of their problems must surely persist overtime.
This hinders development which should not be blamed on any
factor outside themselves. This is the point of departure from
much documented violence against women by other perpetra-
tors. This prompted our best considered strategy for reduction
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of violence against women as starting from ourselves to address
the problem. We are proved to be perpetrators of these in-
fringements on our women folk human rights and privileges.
The strategy is “Self Searching management” (SSM). This was
also confirmed by the respondents.
Other recommended strategies include; enhancing women
education, effective application of the rule of law, encouraging
women empowerment, attending to our religious duties and
practices, encouraging women in politics, empowerment of
gender equality in society, addressing negative traditional and
cultural practices and embarking on public enlightenment.
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