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 … Continued
“Abortion Stigma in Nigeria”, featuring Sybil Nmezi from GIWYN, filmed by EbonyLife will be aired on channel 165 DSTV
**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: … Continued
“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 … Continued
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
The use of misoprostol in the management of first trimester abortion is an evolving clinical practice in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
“‘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.”
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.
Among the almost 50 million young people aged 10–24 in Nigeria more than one in three 18-year-old women has already had a child or is pregnant. Approximately 1.6 million Nigerian women aged 15–24, more than three quarters of whom are married, are estimated to have an unmet need for contraception. Less than 8% of married women in this age group are using contraception, compared to 63% of sexually active unmarried women.The potential contribution of mobile phone-based platforms for reaching young people with sexual and reproductive health information and services is not yet well understood. In this article, we describe one such application underway in Nigeria.