Nigeria | ActionAid UK


  • 10
    Only 10% of children attend secondary school.
  • 68
    68% of the population live below the poverty line.
  • 43
    43% of girls are married before their 18th birthday.

Women's rights and poverty in Nigeria

Women in Nigeria earn on average 25% less than their male counterparts, and despite making up the majority of the agricultural workforce, they are often not in control of the land they work on. 

Despite these challenges, the poor in Nigeria can pay more in taxes than multinational oil and energy companies. It is estimated that US$15 billion was lost to illegal financial flows each year, most of which is a result of harmful tax practices.

Girls in Nigeria learn about their rights

Girls in Nigeria taking training with ActionAid about reproductive health, periods and sexually transmitted diseases, including prevention of HIV/AIDs.  

Photo: John Otoyo/ActionAid


What we do in Nigeria

Since we started working in Nigeria in 2000 we have reached thousands of people across 12 states in Nigeria.

We work with parents, teachers, community and religious leaders to challenge entrenched attitudes that stop families from sending their daughters to school, and address the reasons why girls are likely to drop out.

We support women's rights by encouraging communities to adopt policies that protect women and girls, and to compensate survivors of violence.

And we call upon multinational corporations to pay their taxes, and for the government to use this money to provide decent public services.


Coronavirus in Nigeria

Amid the Covid-19 crisis, Nigeria is facing an emergency on many fronts, including a lack of water and sanitation, a surge in violence against women and girls, and food insecurity.  

More than 10 years of conflict in the north east of the country has left over 10 million people displaced – these populations are especially vulnerable due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

ActionAid is working with hard-to-reach communities to share information about Covid-19, dispelling myths about the pandemic, and distributing hygiene kits including PPE. We’re also providing food relief to vulnerable people including informal workers, the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities. 

We urgently need your help to support the most vulnerable, stop the spread of Covid-19 and save lives.  

Learn more about our Coronavirus Appeal