Ojobo Ode Atuluku, ActionAid Nigeria’s Country Director, commenting on the International Development Committee’s report on DFID’s programme work in Nigeria, said:
“One in three Nigerian women aged 25-29 have been subject to violence, and many more will be discriminated against because of the staggering inequalities women in Nigeria still face today. UK Government support for women and girls in Nigeria is welcome, but efforts to tackle violence against women and girls are weak and support services for survivors need to be stepped up.
“ActionAid calls on the UK Government to increase support to grassroots women’s rights organisations in Nigeria. These groups provide essential services to women facing domestic violence; challenge the acceptance of violence; push for strong laws and campaign to hold the government to account. Unfortunately women’s rights organisations in Nigeria are chronically underfunded. Globally, such organisations receive less than 1% of total UK aid for gender equality.
“British aid funding to grassroots women’s rights organisations must be dramatically scaled up. The critical role they play in preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls will be vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ending the violence that is a major barrier to the human rights of women and girls.”