Gendered violence and human rights: An evaluation of widowhood rites in Nigeria

Lady Adaina Ajayi, Faith Osasumwen Olanrewaju, Adekunle Olanrewaju, Onwuli Nwannebuife, Emmanuel O Amoo
2019 Cogent Arts & Humanities  
This paper evaluates the connecting fabric between gendered violence and human rights through the dire lenses of widowhood rites in Oshimili-North Local Government Area in Delta State, Nigeria. This evaluation stems from the Sustainable Development Goal-5 whose aim is the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women as well as harmful practices. Hinged on the theories of cultural relativism and universalism, the paper provides information on the existence of dehumanizing cultural
more » ... anizing cultural practices related with widowhood rites despite the enactment of human rights instruments that are expected to address this form of discrimination targeted mostly against women. In-depth interviews were conducted among widows who voluntarily shared their experiences. Findings show widows' acceptability of widowhood practices despite their educational and financial status notwithstanding. Also worthy of note is that women are perpetrators of these widowhood rites and they ensure its strict compliance among other widows. It recommends the dire need of the Nigerian government to domesticate the global ABOUT THE AUTHORS Lady Adaina Ajayi holds a Doctorate degree in International Relations and is an African-German Network of Excellence in Science (AGNES) Junior Research Fellow. Her research continues to engage in advocating and advancing the quest for an effective regime of human rights in the promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable population. Faith Osasumwen rights regime into its legal framework, education of the populace through the interpretation, appropriation and the reconstructing of these transnational discourses into the indigenous and ensure that, effective monitoring mechanisms are in place to guarantee the effective protection of this vulnerable population.
doi:10.1080/23311983.2019.1676569 fatcat:5u77avq5xvferitmhrrc3pz5la