Women’s Rights Under Law
43% of girls are married in Nigeria before they turn 18, many before age 15. They are forced to leave school to attend to their new marital responsibilities and as a result many are illiterate. They are vulnerable to neglect and abuse by their husbands. These videos are part of an on-going educational and advocacy campaign to end child and forced marriage in Nigeria and improve girls’ lives. They were produced in 2016 by the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative and their partner organizations in Nigeria.
In northern Nigeria around three quarters of all girls are married before they turn 18, many before age 15 or whenever puberty begins. Because they are then forced to leave school, 75% are illiterate. Many are neglected or abused by their husbands.
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On Friday, 3 April 2015, Manal Tamimi, an activist and field researcher with the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), was shot in the leg by an Israeli soldier during peaceful weekly protest in the village of Nabi Saleh.