BY PATRICIA TAFT, HANNAH BLYTH, AND CHRISTINA MURPHY
Although the number of reported conflict fatalities in Plateau state has fallen in 2016, the effects of displacement and violence continue to reverberate in the lives of women and girls. Continuing to monitor trends and incidents of VAWG, and how they are interrelated to other conflict drivers, is critical to understanding the effects of violence on the lives of women and girls and to better inform prevention and response efforts. Domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault accounted for most of the reported incidents of violence against women and girls in Plateau state between January 2015 and September 2016. This included domestic and sexual abuse by male family members – fathers, husbands, cousins and uncles – as well as by trusted authority figures, such as pastors and members of the security forces.
This report is based on analyzed data generated by the NSRP VAWG Observatory Platform, the Partners for Peace (P4P) Map (including data from Nigeria Watch and the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project– ACLED). The Council on Foreign Relations’ Nigeria Security Tracker (NST), was also used in the research and writing of this report. All views expressed are solely those of FFP and are not reflective of its funders or partners.