The following memo analyzes data for the focus states of Borno, Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, and Delta for September 2015.
Total reports of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) received by the NSRP Observatory decreased slightly in the month of September, following an increase in reporting in August. Despite the dip in September reporting, the number of reports of VAWG-related incidents has gradually increased since the beginning of 2014. Peace Agents focusing on gender issues continue to register on the Observatory Platform, showing an increased level of local engagement and community-based resources for women and girls affected by violence. The number of registered organizations has increased from 38 to 68 since the inception of the project. Consistent with patterns from previous months, reports of VAWG in September in the Niger Delta and Plateau were mainly about sexual and domestic violence, while those in the Northeast have been linked with Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (JAS) related insurgency and counterinsurgency violence.