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Title:Gender, sexual reproductive health and the law in Nigeria
Authors:Ashiru, M.O.A.
Opadere, Olaolu S.
Year:2012
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Volume:18
Issue:1
Pages:202-226
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:women's health
reproductive health
marriage law
legislation
women's rights
children's rights
female circumcision
abortion
Abstract:The rights of Nigerian women to sexual and reproductive health, particularly during their reproductive years, are examined in relation to gender-biased, cultural and traditional beliefs pertaining to child marriage, female circumcision, unwanted pregnancies, and abortion. The authors also consider existing international and regional laws on reproductive health, and the way in which Nigeria has adopted these laws with a view to meeting relevant Millennium Development Goals. It is concluded that: (1) there is an urgent need for all States of the Nigerian federation to adopt the Child's Rights Act (2003), without amending the age at which a child attains majority (set at 18 years in the said act); (2) female genital mutilation must be stopped; (3) abortion is liberalized to allow unwanted pregnancies to be ended if so desired. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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