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Abstract

Despite decades of feminist activism, men continue to rape women at appalling rates. This paper evaluates the failure of the Nigerian state to enforce laws to protect women against rape. Rape is also shown to be a global problem. The flaws in the Law’s definition of rape are examined. Women’s action-oriented responses and initiatives against these abuses are highlighted.

Note on the Author

Chineze J. Onyejekwe teaches at the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. A sociologist with specialization in “Gender and Development,” she has contributed to Journals such as Journal of International Women’s Studies (JIWS), International Social Science Journal (ISSJ), Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Nebula, and Journal of Asian Women’s Studies (JAWS). She is currently in the process of completing her book on the cultural changes taking place in her ancestral home of Onitsha, Nigeria.

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