Opinion: What Happens When Girls Say “No”?

By Lolo Cynthia Ihesie A recent United Nations report finds that one-in-four women globally feel powerless to refuse sex with a husband or partner. Yet, the problem could be even worse, as the report does not consider girls under 17. In Nigeria, where masculinity is too often weaponized, girls may be even more vulnerable. Especially now, during the stress of a pandemic and intermittent lockdowns, girls and women need the power to say no. I was once among those girls who could never say no. When my high school boyfriend…

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