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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 2)
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Gender Based Sexual Violence among Nigerian Widows: Implication for HIV Transmission

Akanle Florence Foluso
Corresponding Author:  Akanle Florence Foluso 

Key words:  Cultural shift, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, widows, ,
Vol. 3 , (2): 139-145
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2010 November, 11 2011 January, 03 2011 March, 30

The women folks in Nigeria are generally vulnerable to male-perpetrated violence. Apart from political marginalization, Nigerian women are victims of sexual and cultural violence. Widow in Nigeria are subjected to varied harmful traditional practices and sexual abuses. The study attempts to examine the varied sexual and cultural abuses widows experience in Nigeria. The study also investigates the implications of these abuses for HIV/AIDS pandemic for the widows. In addressing these concerns the study utilized a field surveyed questionnaire to elicit primary data from 510 randomly selected women widows. The findings revealed that widows in Nigeria are subjected to harmful traditional practices and sexual abuses. Based on the findings it was recommended that the issue of sexual abuse of widows should not be overlooked if HIV/AIDS prevention is to be effective and that preventing sexual violence and HIV/AIDS will necessitate a cultural shift in terms of gender-role expectation in Nigeria.
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Akanle Florence Foluso, 2011. Gender Based Sexual Violence among Nigerian Widows: Implication for HIV Transmission.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 3(2): 139-145.
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