Kaduna Women Believe it’s Okay for Men to beat them: Report

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Despite ongoing GBV initiatives, some Kaduna women believe it is acceptable for a man to beat a woman.

Muhammad Abdullahi, Chief of Staff to Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai, made the announcement on Wednesday during the official launch of the United Nations Population Fund’s 2021 State of the World Population Report, in conjunction with the Planning and Budget Commission (PBC).

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He said that 73% of women in Birnin Gwari LGA and 0.4% in Zaria LGA thought it was acceptable for a man to beat a woman.
The chief of staff further stated that the survey revealed a 49% prevalence of female genital mutilation in Makarfi LGA and a 34% incidence in Giwa LGA.

He said the findings were based on the current General Households Survey conducted by the state’s bureau of statistics, validated by relevant stakeholders.

The survey also showed that over 30 per cent of girls in Kubau and Kudan LGAs were also married off before they turned 15.

He noted that at the zonal level, over 32 per cent of girls are married off before age 15 in Kaduna North senatorial zone, 15 per cent in Kaduna Central, and 17 per cent in Kaduna South.

“Therefore, for us in Kaduna state the 2021 State of the World Population Report is timely and will help us look deeply into these disturbing statistics.

“The relevant ministries, departments and agencies, particularly Ministry of Health, Human Services and Social Development and PBC will study the report closely and provide a clear implementation plan for some of the recommendations.

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