NIGERIA – Doctor, guardian, remanded over abortion for 14-yr-old girl. But what about the rape?

A chief magistrate court in Kafanchan remanded a community doctor and and another man in a custodial centre for alleged criminal conspiracy and causing the death of an unborn child. The girl’s father filed the complaint. The doctor is the owner of a private hospital in Kafanchan and was charged for allegedly aborting a pregnancy for a 14-year-old girl. The girl was said to have been defiled and impregnated by her foster father, who later … Continued

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

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