Sample Paper on Practices against Women and their Bodies

Practices against Women and their Bodies 

Boko Haram, a terrorist in Northern Nigeria has been, in the recent times, kidnapped young girls, leaving them uneducated. This oppressive practice undermines the right of these girls and women in general. Boko Haram’s activities lead to a conclusion that it is against development of Nigerian women. These practices have intensified in the last two years, most of them targeted against girls and women in general.

Oppressive Practices by Boko Haram against Women

Abduction and sex slavery is the practice that Boko Haram has used in order to pass their messages. These Islamic fundamentalists may have certain grievances; however, it beats logic why defenseless members of the society to be the ones to suffer (Turshen, 2000). Young girls are abducted and sold into people of the same mindset who use them as sex slaves. The abducted girls are normally kept in secluded places where they lack basic social amenities.

Education is the major platform that empowers men and women to develop a functional society. One tendency that Boko Haram has developed is abduction of school-going girls. Incidentally, the term ‘Boko Haram’ is loosely translated to mean that ‘education is evil’, something that tries to justify their backward actions against young girls. According to Zenn & Pearson (2013), Boko Haram abducts young girls and sells them into sex slavery, a practice that degrades the dignity of a woman. The most important question that people needs to answer is the future of these abducted girls. Should girls be used to instruments of passing political, religious, or social messages? This radical group should simply stop degrading women by abducting women and selling them into sex slavery, tactfully denying them the right to education. Already, Northern Nigeria where this group is based faces serious poverty and lack of fundamental services for survival (Zenn & Pearson, 2013). Therefore, abduction and sex slavery are activities that only lead to the underdevelopment of the Nigerian society.

Role of Women in relation these Practices

Women have a major role to play in order to fight such practices, starting with those women in higher positions of influence. They have a responsibility to ensure that awareness is done in a way that exposes such activities and their effect on humanity. Recently, when Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria abducted girls, the response from the political leadership was insufficient, going to an extent where Patience Jonathan, who is the wife of current Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, even doubted whether abduction had really taken place (Turshen, 2000). Lack of adequate response from the Nigerian authorities led to start of demonstrations by women in Nigerian and beyond. Women took the matter upon themselves to fight for the release of their young girls who had been abducted to an unknown place. It was encouraging to get support from other celebrity women like Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie in global condemnation of violence against women (Zenn & Pearson, 2013).

Violence against women in the Northern Nigeria has been there for a long time and the fact that Boko Haram practices is only an exposure of what have existed before. The role of women in these practices is to come out in the streets in order to condemn and call for immediate action by the authorities to protect girl child and women. The fight requires a common front by all women and the political leaders in order to safeguard the gains that have been made in advancing democracy and the place of women in the society. Girl child deserves to have an appropriate learning environment in order to succeed and contribute in developing the society (Turshen, 2000). Lack of education to women is a sign of degradation of the society.



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