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ETHICAL ASSESSMENT OF WOMEN AND VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA
Abstract. This paper examines the various forms of violence and discrimination against women in Nigeria which includes sexual violence, domestic violence, political violence etc. it pointed out that women are subjected to various inhuman torture (physical, emotional and psychological) in the past and presently they are still under various form of oppressions. This account for the reason why we rarely find them in core area of decision making and in places where they are, they are given little or no recognition. This paper criticizes all the forms of violence against women most especially sexual violence and argues that it is degrading, dehumanizing, and therefore it should be totally discouraged. It argues that women has an epistemic privilege that may be useful in developing African nations more specifically Nigeria, reason being that they see from a unique viewpoint and they played many roles in various societies throughout the history. She has been a wife, a mother, a farmer, a laborer, business executives, a teacher, a volunteer worker; no doubt women can successfully combine two or more of these roles without one lagging behind. But unfortunately, their ideas do not go well with their male counterparts. This paper opines that there is a need to make a conscious effort to see to the urgent needs of women so that this could serve the purpose of a psychotherapeutic to redeem victims of violence from continuous deprivation.
Keywords: Violence, Oppression, Women, Discrimination