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Call for Papers
October 17, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Public Policy, Religious Studies and Theology, Sexuality Studies, Social Sciences, Women's & Gender History / Studies



Raising Girls’ Ambition (RAGA)

Annual International Conference

Theme: Combating Violence Against Women and the Girl-Child in Africa and Beyond: Emerging Issues

Monday 17th- Wednesday19th October, 2016

Keynote speaker:

Professor Donna Hughes

Department of Women and Gender Studies

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI, U.S.A

VENUE: International Conference Centre, Lead City University

Lagos-Ibadan Express Way, Toll Gate Area, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Conference dates:

Arrival: 16 October, 2016

Departure: 19 October, 2016

Conference days 17-19 October, 2016

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a global epidemic. It crosses every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion, sex and level of education, and transcends international borders. Most affected are women, the girl-child and other vulnerable groups. Its focus include forced marriage, rape, traditional harmful practices, sexual harassment, intimidation at work and in educational institutions, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, human trafficking and forced prostitution.

GBV is heightened in conflict and post-conflict settings, in displaced persons camps and refugee camps and following a natural disaster. Research shows that 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to 7 in 10 women facing this abuse in some countries. Facts available on the United Nations website also indicate that an estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation/cutting in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most common. Also, worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children; 250 million of them were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth. Moreover, roughly half of today’s 60 million forcibly displaced people are women.  Many who flee wars and violence are often exploited by unscrupulous smugglers, and frequently suffer gender discrimination and xenophobia in host societies. A World Bank study (1994) on 10 selected risk factors facing girls and women, rated rape and domestic violence more dangerous than road accidents, war, cancer and other deadly diseases.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most common abuses of human rights, and to stem the tide, countries have made some progress in addressing violence against women and girls. According to a UN's 2006 In-Depth Study on All Forms of Violence against Women, 89 countries had some legislation on domestic violence, and a growing number of countries had instituted national plans of action.

In addition to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the 1993 Vienna Declaration on Human Rights and the 1995 Declaration of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing specified actions to protect women from discrimination and violence. Similarly, a 1993 UN General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women called on governments to condemn such violence and to refrain from using customs, traditions or religious beliefs to avoid their obligations to end it. These agreements serve as the framework for the mandate of the UN special rapporteur on violence against women. In 2003, African governments adopted a protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights in which they committed themselves to end discrimination and violence against women. The protocol came into force in November 2005 after ratification by 15 states.

On the 25th of May 2015, the former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan passed into law the Violence Against Persons Bill. The new law prohibits female circumcision or genital mutilation, forceful ejection from home and harmful widowhood practices. It prohibits abandonment of spouse, children and other dependents without sustenance, battery and harmful traditional practices. The VAPP provides a legislative and legal framework for the prevention of all forms of violence against vulnerable persons, especially women and the girl-child. This puts to an ‘end’ the 14 years advocacy that passed through 3 regimes of the Nigerian National Assembly.  In spite of this VAWG and GBV is on the increase.

Evidently, there is a need to urgently put an end to gender-based violence, and indeed all forms of violence against women and the girl-child in Nigeria and beyond. One way we can significantly make our input is to begin by giving a proper understanding of the problem, as well as chart a course that will possibly bring the necessary change that is expected for the benefits of all. It is important to continue with the advocacy until all 36 states domesticate this law, until the vulnerable know their rights, until victims and survivors get justice, until perpetrators adequately punished and until all forms of violence come to an end in our country and indeed the world.

This conference brings together students in high school, students in higher institutions, researchers, policy makers, government and Non Governmental Practitioners in the field to speak to and examine theory, context and subject of GBV in Africa and beyond. The theme of the conference will be addressed with, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

Combating Violence against Women and the Girl-Child in Educational Institutions and Work Environment

Culture, Religion and Family Aspects of Violence against Women and the Girl-Child

Health Implications of Violence against Women and the Girl-Child

Livelihood, Disaster and Conflict Mapping in relation to Violence against Women and the Girl-Child

Implications of Legal and Government Policy on Violence against Women and the Girl-Child

ICT and Violence against Women and the Girl-Child

VENUE: International Conference Centre, Lead City University

Lagos-Ibadan Express Way, Toll Gate Area, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

Conference dates:

Arrival: 16 October  2016

Departure: 19 October  2016

Conference days 17-19 October, 2016


Participants should submit abstracts in not more than 250 words, Times Roman, Font 12 with 1.5 spacing, with at least 5 keywords to

The conference full paper should not exceed 12 pages, to be submitted to

Posters are accepted: Poster Size: 90cmx120cm to be submitted to

All papers that fail these timelines and instructions may not be accommodated in the conference brochure and proceedings. Enquiries:; Tel. +234 805 612 9314, +234 703 293 7752; +234 802 227 0036



Registration                           Early Bird                          Regular

                                      Before June 14, 2016

Nigerians   Academics               #15,000                             #20,000

Nigerian PG Students                  #5,000                            #10,000

Nigerian Undergraduates             #3500                             #5000

International Participants                $150                               $200

Foreign students                             $100                              $150



Abstracts Submission: Extended till July 20, 2016

Announcement of Acceptance- July 30, 2016

Full paper submission: August- 31st, 2016

NB: Students MUST submit current evidence of student registration.


Affordable, decent accommodation is available on Campus:

Lead City University Conference Centre Guest House limited rooms)

Double room#10,000; Single room#5000;

Hostel:  Enterprise hall #3000.

Off Campus Accommodation:

 Wallan Hotel, Ring Road, Double #9,000, Studio #10,500, Exec. Double #13,000

Travel House, Ring Road- #10,000

All payment (except accommodation) should be made to: Guaranty Trust Bank, Account No. 0171120241. Account name: Global Youth Leadership and Girl-Child Foundation

  Local Organising Committee

Chair: Professor Stella Odebode- +234 803 489 1880

Secretary: Mr. John Jude- +234 8024 002 710

Publicity: Barr. Adeyemi Okunade- +234 802 227 0036

Convener: Dr. Adepeju Oti- +234 803 728 2718




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