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Mitigating gender-based violence and security challenges in Nigeria

Nigeria is confronting many intertwined challenges, from the COVID-19 pandemic, to internal conflicts and civil unrest, to the worst economic recession in four decades. The insecurity brought on by the pandemic is also dramatically aggravating gender-based violence. We know from other studies in Nigeria that many women are unable or unwilling to report crimes of gender-based violence, such as domestic violence, assault, and rape, for fear of stigmatization and/or unequal access to justice against the perpetrators.

This study proposes using data science and artificial intelligence tools to understand gender-based violence in Nigeria and to provide support for women who are at the highest risk. The project will provide a platform to enhance support for women’s psychosocial well-being and collect and analyze anonymized data in order to help mitigate incidents of gender-based violence, improve women’s security, and improve access to justice.

This work will be carried out as part of the COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program, funded by IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
24 months
IDRC Officer
Ruhiya Seward
Total Funding
CA$ 361,451.00
Education and Science
Education and Science
Networked Economies
COVID-19 Global South AI and Data Innovation Program
Institution Country
Project Leader
Etannibi Alemika
Incorporated Trustees of Social Science Academy of Nigeria