FEATURE: NIGERIA – Dying to give their husbands a boy and other reasons for pregnancy-related deaths

Each day in Nigeria, women are battling with their lives and health, going through immense physical and psychological torture in their marriages, for not producing a male child. The culture of male child preference has resulted in all kinds of violence against women, which is on the rise in Nigeria, according to the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative. Maternal mortality in Nigeria is 576 per 100,000 live births, the fourth highest globally, according to UNICEF.

NIGERIA – Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN)

The following activities were proposed by the network to celebrate International Safe Abortion Day, 28 September 2019: Create posters and banners with inscription related to the year’s theme (Abortion is HealthCare) Share the posters on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to create awareness of the campaign  Organize a Forum in Lagos, to host discussion and to share experiences of pregnancy and abortion-related issues as healthcare and its life saving potentials Re-launch our Policy Brief : Implementation … Continued

NIGERIA – Many girls do not even know sex can make them pregnant

At the recent National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education, hosted by the University of Lagos, a speaker from the Society for Family Health said that Nigeria would move closer to achieving major targets in the Sustainable Development Goals by assuring adolescent girls access to health and critical social services. The Deputy Project Director of Adolescents 360, Fifi Ogbondeminu, supported this and talked about promoting social inclusiveness and reducing unplanned pregnancies and … Continued

NIGERIA – Not left out of the global rollback of sexual and reproductive rights

A few weeks ago, police officers conducted a raid on a Marie Stopes clinic in Lagos. They harassed patients, temporarily detained a doctor, and illegally accessed confidential documents. Immediately following this deeply unnerving attack, which came on the trail of other anti-rights incidents involving state agents, a group of Nigerian feminists, women’s rights campaigners and LGBTQI+ activists came together to ask, “what is going on?”. In the course of the digital conversation that ensued, a … Continued

NIGERIA – Statement by Nigerian NGOs opposing police raid of MSI Lagos clinic

Marie Stopes Nigeria opened its first clinic in 2009. On 21 May 2019, their Lagos clinic was raided by police, though MSI assures us that the clinic remains open. Eighteen Nigerian NGOs and 37 individuals who support women’s rights published the following petition, defending the clinic: End The War on Nigerian Women! On Tuesday, 21 May, police officers raided a Marie Stopes Clinic in Lagos, harassed the health workers and patients and took away confidential … Continued

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