Impacts of Conflict, Violence on Women and Girls in Nigeria's Plateau State

Published November 30, 2016 | By Patricia Taft, Hannah Blyth, and Christina Murphy

Although the number of reported conflict fatalities in Plateau state has fallen in 2016, the effects of displacement and violence continue to reverberate in the lives of women and girls. Continuing to monitor trends and incidents of VAWG, and how they are interrelated to other conflict drivers, is critical to understanding the effects of violence on the lives of women and girls and to better inform prevention and response efforts. Domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault accounted for most of the reported incidents of violence against women and girls in Plateau state between January 2015 and September 2016. This included domestic and sexual abuse by male family members – fathers, husbands, cousins and uncles – as well as by trusted authority figures, such as pastors and members of the security forces.

Nigeria 2015 Elections Scenarios and Recommendations: Plateau State

Published January 15, 2015 | By Peace and Security Working Group

These reports are a collaborative effort of The Fund for Peace and other members of the Nigeria Peace and Security Working Group (PSWG) in Nigeria. These reports reflect the result of a participatory process with national and local-level stakeholders on potential risk factors and scenarios for the February 2015 Nigeria general elections.

Conflict Bulletin: Plateau State - October 2013

Published October 25, 2013 | By Nate Haken*

Plateau state stretches along Nigeria’s Middle Belt region. Its estimated population of 3.2 million is diverse with over 40 ethno-linguistic groups. The dominant occupations are subsistence farming and pastoral grazing, although mining is also carried out in the tin rich state. Historically, Plateau has been a tourist and retreat destination due to the pleasant weather and scenic vistas. However, inter-communal violence has escalated in recent years. In 2008, local government election violence led to the deaths of hundreds. In 2010, hundreds more were killed after ethnic riots broke out in the capital city of Jos. Much of the violence in Plateau is between those considered to be indigene (many of whom are Christian farmers) and those considered settlers (many of whom are Muslim pastoralists).