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Abstract

This paper attempts to analyse sexual inequality as it affects the health of women in Nigeria. Various theories that inform the study of women are briefly discussed along with specific areas of women’s health concerns. These include: female genital mutilation, violence against women, sexual harassment, and widowhood practices. Other areas of discourse involve women and law, and here, we emphasised the need to re-examine both the customary and statutory laws to reflect justice, dignity and fair play for all members of the society irrespective of their gender. Also, special attention should be paid to some laws that encourage the brutality of women by men in order to repeal them, as for instance, a law that encourages men to correct their wives by flogging. Other suggestions are offered on how to create a better and healthier society for all Nigerians, particularly women.

Note on the Author

Philomena I. Ozo-Eson is a Senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Abuja, Nigeria. She attended Carleton University Ottawa, Ontario Canada and the University of Jos, Nigeria. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 1997. Her areas of research are Gender Studies and Criminology. Dr Philomena I. Ozo-Eson was a laureate of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) small grants for ‘Thesis Writing’ in 1993, and also a fellow of CODESRIA Gender Institute in 1997. She has participated in several international conferences, including the international conference of CODESRIA Alumni in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September, 2007. She has published several articles in both national and international journals. Her book, Patterns, Trends and Control of Female Criminality in Nigeria: A Sociological Analysis published by University press, Ibadan, is among Reading list for students in both Nigerian and Foreign universities.

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