Reporting Violence Against Women And Girls in Nigeria 2022

Project Duration

March 2022


March 2024

Project Location



  • Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism
  • MacArthur Foundation

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The Reporting Violence Against Women and Girls project is a three-year project being implemented across all states in Nigeria. This project aims to intervene in the current state of reporting stories on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). It does so through capacity building of 75 women journalists, an investigative project, and research. This project recognizes the many faces of VAWG, ranging from sexual violence to domestic violence, forms of violence against women induced by insecurity, and even violence against women journalists.


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This ongoing three-year project aims to transform the narrative surrounding survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in Nigeria, particularly focusing on the representation and treatment of survivors. After successfully completing the first year and initial training sessions, the project has produced one investigative report along with several smaller reports.

Purpose: The project endeavors to reshape the discourse and representation of survivors of gender-based violence in Nigeria.

Significance and Relation to Proposal Strategy: Aligned with a larger strategy for multi-level intervention focusing on media independence and accountability at sub-national levels, the project aims to strengthen media independence, ethics, knowledge of rights, sustainability, and professionalism. By training women journalists, conducting investigations, and producing research outputs, it intends to shed light on institutional failures regarding the treatment of survivors of gender-based violence.

Context: The project addresses the prevalent issue of violence against women and girls, emphasizing Nigeria’s specific context where such issues are inadequately covered in media. The lack of comprehensive reporting contributes to poor awareness of women’s rights among the public and government’s neglect of this as a policy concern.


C.E.O & Co-founder, AWiM

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, consultant and co-founder of African Women in Media (AWiM). AWiM’s vision is that one-day African women will have equal access to representation in media. Joint winner of the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting), Yemisi ran her news website IQ4News between 2010-14.
Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, where she is a Senior Lecturer. She has published scholarly research on women’s rights, African feminism, and journalism and digital public spheres. She was Editorial Consultant for the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 commemorative book titled “She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys”, and currently hosts the book’s podcast.
She speaks regularly on issues relating to gender and media. In 2021 she was recognized as one of 100 Most Influential African Women.