July 25, 2024

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Harsh Economy: Prostitution,Child Marriage On The Rise

An international women rights organisation under the aegis of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights has made a shocking revelation. According to the group, the harsh economic situation of Nigeria has made many girls and women vulnerable to harmful practices including selling their body for money and child marriage.The organisation, therefore, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari to do something about the economic situation of the country immediately. According to the executive director of BWR, Bunmi Dipo-Salami, raised this point during an interactive session with the Journalists in Abuja, with the theme: ‘Let’s end violence against women and girls now.’“Gender-based violence is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights violations, taking place every day, many times over, in every corner of the globe. Current estimates show that one in three women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, perpetrated in private and public arenas by an intimate partner, family, neighbours, employers, instructors, supervisors, colleagues, religious and cultural leaders, or strangers. “Additionally, the economic decline as a result of the pandemic, which has left many women who are reliant on daily wages in dire economic circumstances, increases women’s and girls’ vulnerability to negative coping mechanisms and harmful practices such as transactional sex and child marriage.”