Country / Region profile of: Nigeria

Nigeria has a long-standing history of political, ethnic, and religious conflict that has disproportionately impacted women and girls in the country with high incidences of sexual violence and displacement. Over the last few years, gender-based violence and abductions of women have been escalating under the activities of the group Boko Haram, including the April 2014 abduction of more than 270 girls from a Nigerian school in Chibok. Following the abduction, international security meetings on countering Boko Haram were held in London and Paris but failed to include Nigerian women's civil society organisations. In June 2016, a UN assessment found Nigerian women living in displacement camps in the north-eastern state or Borno face a high risk of abuse and sexual and gender-based violence. Nigeria is ranked 122 out of 144 listed countries on the 2017 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI). Nigeria ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 13 June 1985. Nigeria voted for the adoption of the  Arms Trade Treaty, and signed and ratified on 12th August 2013. In 2017, $1.6 bln was spent by Nigeria on its military. Nigeria's NAP on the implementation of UNSCR Resolution 1325 will be financed through domestic and external support through a multi-stakeholder approach and domestic sources and external sources. At the 2017 WPS Open Debate, Nigeria stated that consistent with subregional efforts, Nigeria launched a national action plan to fully implement resolution 1325 (2000), along with plans to combat violent extremism and improve the security sector. It also was collaborating with countries in the region to fight the terrorist group known as Boko Haram, and had taken steps to address the humanitarian needs of the 2 million displaced persons in the north-east of the country, 80 per cent of whom were women. Nigerian women activists continue to advocate for the expansion of women's political and economic empowerment, the prevention of gender-based violence, and the increase of women's paricipation in peace and security responses.

“Though women are now major stakeholders in conflict prevention, peace-making, disarmament and security reforms, as well as post-conflict reconstruction, there is still insufficient opportunity for them to participate in decision making processes that affect their lives.” - Hajia Zainab Maina


$ 1,621,000,000
Military expenditure
Nigeria spends USD$1,621,000,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Sending girls to college
This amount could provide scholarships aimed to provide free college education for around 15 million girls.
NAP 1325
The Nigeria NAP does not include an allocated or estimated budget and there are no other financial resource consideration references within the NAP.
WPS commitments
no specific financial commitments.