CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA: PROTECTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Mary-Ann O. Ajayi, Emeka Polycap Amechi

Abstract


Significant scholarship on anti-corruption has been limited to studies on public office holders. The effect of corruption on the society has also been accorded significant attention which has successfully generated a wealth of awareness about the urgent need to curb this vice. Studies on anti-corruption have revealed that the effect has a disproportionate effect on the vulnerable in our society. According to UNIFEM Report, women are much more vulnerable to the impact of corruption than the men. Using the Nigerian society as a case study, the effect of corruption perpetuated by public office holders has gradually affected her economy negatively. This objective of this paper is to address the impacts of corruption on Women and children, with the aim of bringing to limelight gender-specific manifestations of corruption as against the broad perception of the effect of corruption. It is recommended that women should be involved in anti-corruption initiatives and that the courts are to resort to International Instruments where there are loopholes under the domestic laws to ensure effective convictions of guilty accused persons. Policy interventions need to tackle this menace by understanding the economic effect of corruption and the cultural practices that determine how women live their lives in order to curb this vice and build sustainable peace.

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