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Gender Violence: Most pregnancies are terminated because the fruit are female – Chimamanda

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Foremost Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said that most pregnancies terminated are “overwhelmingly female pregnancies” and are aborted “specifically because they are female”.

Ms Adichie made the comment while delivering a speech on gender-based violence pointed out that women are the major victims and it starts from the womb.

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The renowned author, who was awarded the “Africa Freedom Prize 2020” by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, FNF, made this speech at the digital award presentation on December 14.

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According to her, from the time they are born, baby boys are treated differently from baby girls.

She added that baby girls are cuddled more while the boys are taught to be tough and not cry.

While acknowledging that there is woman-on-woman violence and man-on-man violence, Ms Adichie said the majority of the cases of domestic violence is perpetrated on women by men.

She added that men also suffer because of their gender. She explained that men are shamed for not being financially rich, for showing weakness and for failing.

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She, however, said a lot needs to change, suggesting what the change should look like.

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