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Title:Reproductive Health and Rights: The Case of Northern Nigerian Hausa Women
Author:Usman, Hajara
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
West Africa
family planning
Health and Nutrition
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Family Planning and Contraception
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Women and Their Children
Genital Circumcision/Cuttings/Surgeries
women's rights
reproductive health
Hausa (African people)
Cultural factors
Status of Women
Abstract:This paper looks at some of the sociocultural and political factors that impact on the reproductive health and rights of Hausa women in northern Nigeria. Reproductive health implies the right of men and women to be informed about and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning, and the right of access to appropriate health care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth. The author shows that Hausa women are denied these basic rights. Hausa women in the rural areas are predominantly Muslim, have little or no formal education and live in seclusion. They are usually married before they attain menarche, which means childbearing starts even before a woman is fully grown. Early childbearing seriously affects the health of Hausa women. Another factor is the lack of access to health and welfare facilities serving women. The incidence of maternal mortality in Nigeria is one of the highest in Africa. The cultural environment does not allow for the use of contraceptive devices. The majority of women rely on traditional methods. Bibliogr., notes, ref.