Joyce Ebebeinwe, Project Officer, Health of Mother Earth Foundation. Location: Benin City, Nigeria

 

Impacts of COVID-19 in the local market and restaurants
Amy Niang is an academic and writer. She teaches International relations at the University of the Witwatersrand.

 

Workers explaining the impacts of the COVID crisis in their daily activities

Covid-19

And It’s Effects On Nigerian Women”

COVID-19 and The Virus of Domestic Violence Against Women is a podcast series made possible by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, which examines how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting sexual and domestic violence against women in Nigeria, West Africa.
In six episodes, listeners will hear from victims of domestic violence, advocacy workers and the people using the Internet to form support groups for victims of domestic abuse.

Episode 5 covers the use of social media in reporting domestic violence how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected rates of usage by Nigerians seeking help. More than half of the world’s total population (almost four billion people) currently uses social media.

Episode 4 commemorates the UN International Widows Day, with a special focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Nigeria’s widows. The Global Fund for Widows has called COVID-19 “a widow-making machine,” as scientific evidence shows that more men than women are dying of the virus. 

Episode 3 covers Domestic worker abuse in Nigeria, an ongoing threat to the lives and mental health of young women. There are at least 67 million adult domestic workers worldwide, and the International Labour Organisation adds that 80% of these workers are women.
Episode 2 takes on the subject of spousal rape, which occurs when a spouse forces the other to take part in sexual acts without the other’s consent. Unfortunately, under Nigerian law, spousal rape is not recognised.
The UN estimates that 28 per cent of Nigerian women aged 25-29 have experienced some form of physical violence since age 15, while 15 per cent of women experienced physical violence within 12 months, and 25 per cent of married women or those living with their spouses have experienced violence.