Sindi Medar Gould Interview on Successes and Challenges in Anti-Violence Against Women Activism in Nigeria

Sindi Medar Gould Interview on Successes and Challenges in Anti-Violence Against Women Activism in Nigeria

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Topical Interview
Publication Year
2010
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English (US)

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Part of a series of interviews focusing on best practices for activists and human rights organizations with speakers and panelists of WLP's "2020 Vision" event, itself part of the 2010 annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.

Sindi Medar Gould talks about her successes and challenges in anti-VAW activism in her home country of Nigeria. At the time of the interview, Gould was serving as Executive Director of BAOBAB for Women's Human Rights, WLP's former Nigerian partner. Describes anger as the impetus behind women's rights groups formed. A positive example of trainings leading to the formation of Journalists Against Violence against women. Discusses Indecent Dressing Bill. Discusses foremost issue relating to Violence against women in Nigeria, as secrecy, role of culture and religion, internalization of myths by men causing women's participation in own suppression. Describes feminist interpretations of the Bible and Koran made to identify rights, work with university students discussing controlling techniques at play in society. Describes leadership institutes, teaching financial management. Describes work in secondary schools to start women's political participation early. Discusses the culture of lecturer power over students at university, non-reporting of sexual harassment, incest in the home. Discusses the most important strategy of reporting, the most liberating factor for women to hold on to is that they are never guilty. Promotes responsibility to self before family, then community.