Gender-based violence is a convoluted concept with no single explanation or solution. Abiodun Raufu, Omolade Olomola, and Edidiong Mendie bring to light the different dimensions of gender-based violence in Africa, such as the challenges of patriarchy, the limits of the law, and the cultural acceptance of violence against women in the private sphere. In spite of the different forms and causes of violence, it is universally recognized as a destructive force that has extensive consequences for both individuals and society. In order to combat violence, it is important to understand its root causes and foundational issues to facilitate workable solutions through a range of strategies, including education, prevention, and intervention programs. This book will be of interest to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, legal studies, African studies, and more.
Abiodun Raufu is assistant professor of criminal justice at Southern University and A&M College.
Omolade Olomola is gender rights advocate and Dean of Law at the Cavendish University.
Edidong Mendie is lecturer and adjunct professor of criminal justice at California State University, Sacramento and Texas Southern University.
Introduction: Violence as a Concept by Omolade Olunike OLOMOLA
Chapter 1: Domestic Violence in Africa by Abiodun Raufu
Chapter 2: Comparative Analysis of Domestic Violence in Nigeria and the United States of America by Edidiong Mendie and Abiodun Raufu
Chapter 3: Types of Gender-Based Violence by Edidiong Mendie
Chapter 4: Predictors of Gender-Based Violence in Africa by Abiodun Raufu
Chapter 5: Impact of Gender-Based Violence in Africa by Abiodun Raufu
Chapter 6: Legal Framework on Gender Based Violence in Nigeria by Omolade Olunike OLOMOLA
Chapter 7: Intimate Partner Homicides & Femicide by Edidiong Mendie
Chapter 8: Harmful Traditional Practices Against African Women by Edidiong Mendie
Chapter 9: Overview of Human Trafficking in Africa by Edidiong Mendie
Chapter 10: Emerging Trends in Gender Violence by Omolade Olunike OLOMOLA
About the Authors
This book is a timely and essential exploration of the pervasive issue of gender-based violence on the African continent as it delves into the complex web of cultural norms, legal frameworks, and societal attitudes that contribute to the persistence of domestic violence in Africa. Drawing on insights from law, sociology, and gender studies, the authors examine the various ways in which traditional gender roles, harmful cultural practices, and societal expectations perpetuate violence and hinder efforts toward gender equity and justice. It offers a nuanced and multidimensional understanding of gender-based and domestic violence and provides a roadmap for addressing it. This book is a valuable resource for scholars, researchers, activists, practitioners, and policymakers working toward creating a world free from gender-based violence.
Gender-Based Violence, Law, and African Society engages in a multidisciplinary, in-depth approach by examining the intersections of culture, law, and gender-based violence, with the aim to broaden understanding, challenge harmful norms, and inspire transformative change. The publication of this book is timely, as meaningful African leaders and various groups are creating more awareness on the problems of gender inequity and injustice. It is a must-read for scholars, activists, practitioners, policymakers, community leaders, students, and members of the public in general.