VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AS A PREDICTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS.
Violence against women has become a global issue which has eaten deep into the fabric of the society. The study examines violence against women as a predictor of human right violations in South-South Geo-Political Zone, Nigeria. Two research question and two null hypotheses guided the study. A survey design was used for the study. The sample comprised of one hundred and sixty (160) women from Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, who were randomly selected from four (4) local government areas using proportionate sampling technique. The instrument for data collection was a self-structured questionnaire and an interview schedule. The instruments were validated by experts from the department of measurement and evaluations. A reliability index of 0.812 and 0.716 was obtained using Cronbach alpha statistics. The data collected were analyzed using mean, standard deviation and percentages for the research questions while the hypotheses were tested using z-test statistics at 0.05 significant levels. Major findings of the study indicated that, rape and wife battery are predictors of human right violation and there is no significant deference in the mean scores of Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States on how rape and wife battery serve as predictor of human right violation in South-South Geo-Political Zone. It was however, recommended that there is urgent need to adopt global treaty on violence against women if we want to secure and protect the human right of women.