NIGERIA / UGANDA – Preliminary Impacts of Trump’s Expanded Global Gag Rule in Nigeria and Uganda

For more than a year now, the US government has imposed and expanded the Global Gag Rule. It now applies to all US global health assistance, drastically magnifying its potential harmful effects on women and communities around the world. PAI has a long history of documenting the impact of the Global Gag Rule on the health and rights of women and girls. To this end, they conducted two fact-finding trips in the autumn of 2017 … Continued

NIGERIA – Network of Reproductive Health Journalists calls for increased investment in reproductive healthcare

To improve reproductive healthcare in the country, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on government at all levels to increase its investment. The demand came after a strategic meeting and training workshop of the Network for its members who are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting and jointly signed by the President and Secretary … Continued

Nigeria: GIWYN and NaCSAA

**UPDATE** Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWY)  and the “National Coalition for Reproductive Justice”(NCRJ)) successfully organized the following events and activities on the 28th September to commemorate the International Campaign to Women’s Right to Safe and Legal Abortion: Localizing the resistance poster and distributing it locally by women themselves (see below). A community resistance event was held in Lagos and hosted discussions on rollbacks such as the Global Gag Rule, and how it … Continued

GIWYN, NIGERIA – Expanding access to safe abortion in Nigeria, one woman at a time

    “Safe abortion, my right; safe abortion, my choice. I say it loud, ‘cause I’m proud of it. Safe abortion, my right!”   Advocates working with the National Coalition for Reproductive Justice sing these bold words in communities across Lagos, Nigeria. Their catchy rhythms and lyrics educate other women on reproductive health and their rights, including accessing safe abortion and post-partum haemorrhage and post-abortion care. The International Women’s Health Coalition’s newest grantee partner, Generation … Continued

NIGERIA – Why abortion laws need reform in Nigeria

  In Nigeria, a woman cannot autonomously decide the number and timing of children she wishes to have. Although governed by two separate anti-abortion laws – the penal code for the Northern states and the criminal code for the Southern states, both parts of the country are aligned in prohibiting abortions. The only exception comes from the authority of the British case, Rex v. Bourne (1938), which states that a woman is allowed to have … Continued

Family planning services championed in Northern Nigeria despite gag rule

  The “global gag rule” which denies women contraception and family planning counselling may have met its match in Nigeria’s northern region where women are proactively avoiding unwanted pregnancies with contraceptive pills dispensed by a major charity. Women in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, have embraced the birth control pill campaign launched by the International Rescue Committee in the Bakassi camp. Rachel Sunday Okoye, one of the midwives … Continued

Two case studies from a GIWYN policy brief on implementation of reproductive health policies and laws in the Nigerian National Health Policy

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“‘Sometimes I feel like killing myself, I feel I should not have listened to my parents because I feel, I am useless.’ Adeola is a fifteen years old girl who was gang-raped during an armed robbery incident in her house. She became pregnant.”

Implementation of Reproductive Health Policies and Laws in the Nigerian National Health Policy: A Policy Brief, 15 April 2016

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According to 2006 census, out of 140 million people in Nigeria, more than 69 million were women. More than half of these women live in the rural communities and are ignorant of their reproductive rights. As a result, they have their health at a very high risk due to inaccessibility of reproductive health information and services. Still, Nigeria is yet to reform restrictive domestic laws and policies that place women’s and girls’ health and lives at risk and prevent them from exercising their reproductive rights – to which the Nigerian government has promised under international laws.

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