Violence Against Women

WOCON is the foremost center to focus on gender, health and human rights, and combines strong commitment to service and advocacy with Human rights education in Nigeria and the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

Women Rights in Nigeria

Women Rights in Nigeria Women's Consortium of Nigeria was founded by Mrs. Bisi Olateru - Olagbegi because of her concern for the plight of the Nigerian woman, and the gender persecution and violations of their human rights they suffer throughout their lives due to ignorance, superstitious beliefs and poverty.

What is gender persecution?

  • Nigerian women suffer violations of their human rights through:
  • Violence in the home
  • Sexual harassment at school and work
  • Rape and defilement
  • Harsh and punitive widowhood rites
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced childhood marriages
  • Sexual violence in conflict situations and during armed robbery attacks
  • Enforcement of gender biased laws
  • Discrimination against the girl-child
  • Disinheritance of wives and daughters
  • Harmful traditional practices.

WOCON renders free legal services to victims of gender abuse through its Pro Bono services, campaigns for the elimination of gender related persecution of Women in Nigeria, Alerts civil society on any violations of Women 's Rights in Nigeria and Advocates for gender equality and equity in Nigeria and environs.

Women Trafficking In Nigeria

Women Trafficking

Hundreds of Nigerian women and girls are trafficked each year into forcible prostitution. They are made to endure slave-like conditions in foreign countries , notably Italy, and the Middle East. WOCON is stepping up its efforts to expose and erradicate this abusive and illegal practice.

 

WOCON’S Parallel Event at the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women – March 7, 2013

WOCON’s parallel event at the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 4-15 March 2013

 

Event Title: Documentary on survivors of violence against women and panel discussion on initiatives for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sponsors:  Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) ECOSOC Accredited
Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs

Event has been scheduled for

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2013

WOCON’S PARALLEL EVENT – MARCH 7 2013: WOCON’s parallel event at the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 4-15 March 2013

Event Title: Documentary on survivors of violence against women and panel discussion on initiatives for the prevention of violence against women and girls in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sponsors:  Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) ECOSOC Accredited
Nigerian Ministry of Women Affairs
Event has been scheduled for
Date: Thursday, 7 March 2013
Time: 10:30 am
Venue: V-Hall Armenian Convention Center, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
 
Documentary:

16 Days Activism on Gender Violence 25 Nov -10 December 2012

The 16 Days Activism on gender Violence will take place from November 25 -December 2012.

The flag off of the campaign will be a joint activity of the Working group of eight on Violence against Women (WG8 on VAW)  with the support of the Justice for All (J4All) at the Oshodi Motor Park on the 26th Nov 2012 at 10am

There would be a musical parade and sensitisation of the people around the motor park on the different forms of gender violence to highlight the 16 Days campaign.