Improving peace and security for women in areas affected by Boko Haram: lessons from Nigeria’s Stability and Reconciliation Programme
15th December 2017
By Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi
Relief Web – 17 November 2017
Women and girls in Nigeria suffer sexual violence and exploitation at the hands of armed groups, vigilante and community self-help groups and the security forces. Their access to services, freedom of movement and physical security is curtailed, with women and girls afraid to go out alone or at night. Abductions and forced marriage to fighters from Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lida’awati wal Jihad (JAS), commonly known as Boko Haram, has been a feature of the conflict in the north-east of the country, with at least 2,000 women and girls kidnapped between January 2014 and April 2015 alone. Women and girls have also contributed to the conflict as combatants, and more recently as suicide bombers. Women also act as informal peace-builders.