T wo months after year-old Ebere fell pregnant last year, she considered having an abortion. But she was told by a doctor that such a process — eight weeks into her pregnancy — could lead to complications. The father of the baby had denied all responsibility and threatened to kill her if she ever tried to contact him again. A nurse, who saw the troubled young girl sitting in the hospital, approached her to find out what was wrong.
Nigerian women say ‘no’ to gender-based violence
The role of Nigerian women | Britannica
Ronke Shonde, a banker and mother of two, was beaten to death by her husband, Lekan Shonde, in Lagos. A manhunt for Mr. Shonde, who fled the murder scene, was launched. Media in Nigeria is replete with stories of gender-based violence at home or in the streets, many of these with gory endings. The most common acts of violence against women in Nigeria include sexual harassment, physical violence, harmful traditional practices, emotional and psychological violence, socio-economic violence and violence against non-combatant women in conflict situation.
The role of Nigerian women
Women's social role in Nigeria differs according to religious, cultural and geographic factors. Women's role is primarily understood as mothers, sisters, daughters and wives  . Additionally, women's roles are in accordance with ethnic differences and religious background, with women in Northern Nigeria being more likely to be secluded in the home  , than women in Southern Nigeria, who participate more in public life. Girl Child Labour in Nigeria is the high incidence of girls ages 5—14 who are involved in economic activities outside of education and leisure. Domestic violence in Nigeria is a problem as in many parts of Africa.
From precolonial times to the early 21st century, the role and status of women in Nigeria have continuously evolved. However, the image of a helpless, oppressed, and marginalized group has undermined their proper study, and little recognition has been granted to the various integral functions that Nigerian women have performed throughout history. In the precolonial period, women played a major role in social and economic activities. Division of labour was along gender lines, and women controlled such occupations as food processing, mat weaving, pottery making, and cooking. Moreover, land was communally owned, and women had access to it through their husbands or parents.