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.

Myths and misinformation: an analysis of text messages sent to a sexual and reproductive health Q&A service in Nigeria

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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.

Case of illegal detention and death of woman at hospital heads to High Court of Nigeria

30 December 2015 A Nigerian hospital illegally detained a woman who could not pay for the maternal health services she received and denied her emergency services later on that led to her death according to a case filed before the High Court of Nigeria today. In the petition, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), with technical support from the Center for Reproductive Rights, is holding Lagos University Teaching Hospital, as well as the hospital’s … Continued

NIGERIA: Fight against abortion stigma and discrimination

This Generation for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) and the National Coalition and others celebrated the September 28 Day of Action in two states in Nigeria (Lagos and Imo States). The activities included: • A forum was organized at Owerri which included: Deputy Directors of Management Board, Midwives, Nurses, Nurse Attendants, Ttraditional Birth Attendants, Politicians, Staff of a Family Planning Unit, Ipas Imo State and other women, girls and men. • Publication of an article … Continued

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