Second class citizen: an investigation into the human rights violation of women and children in Nigeria

Olugunwa, Oluwaseun Ayotunde (2016) Second class citizen: an investigation into the human rights violation of women and children in Nigeria. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Nigeria is one of the fastest growing countries in the world with an estimated population of about 185 million as of Thursday, April 14, 2016. It is the most populated country in Africa and the largest population of the black race in the world, based on the latest United Nations estimates. All of its natural resources are abundant and have made Nigeria the wealthiest country in Africa. Unfortunately, when it comes to a fundamental pillar of citizenship, the land with great potential - to become one of the world's largest economies is not immune to gender-based violence and discrimination against women. Nigeria is rarely a country of equal rights and opportunities for the female gender as women in the North and South-Western parts of the country are typically not allowed to with their own freewill, with their decisions, in peace, with respect and dignity. They are second class citizens.
    The features in this special investigation trace the passage through key moments of life as a girl growing up in Nigeria, restricted from being educated, forced into early marriage, violence and widowhood practices that deny women of their social and economic rights. The features examine the implications, causes, effects and possible solutions to the deep-rooted discrimination women suffer in Nigeria. It further includes an interview with a woman who survived child marriage at the age of 10 in the hands of her school teacher. A man in his 60s. Women activists, social workers and organisations campaigning for change are all featured in this special exercise. Additionally, this project looks at the greater context of the articles written, critically examining how the British media today represents Africa and the developing world. It considers the criticism about the 'negative' image of Africa and further elaborates on some of the factors that influence the reporting on Africa. It ultimately argues that the nature of the BBC's coverage of Africa and the developing world has changed over the past five years and led to a different portrayal of the continent.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 13:07
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 13:07
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21635

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