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Title:The implications of customs and traditions on women's reproductive health and rights in Nigeria
Author:Oluduro, OlubayoISNI
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:women's rights
reproductive health
international agreements
customary law
Abstract:Different groups of people worldwide have great attachments to their customs and traditions. Section 21 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) provides that the state shall preserve and promote those cultures which enhance human dignity and are consistent with the directive principles. While this section accords recognition to cultures and appears to protect the rights of each and every Nigerian to pursue cultural practices, there is need for a review of some of the practices that are inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution and other human rights principles as enshrined in the regional and international human rights instruments. The article examines how some traditional and cultural practices preserved in the name of custom pose critical and pervasive risks to the reproductive rights of women. It argues that the patriarchal nature of Nigerian society and the lack of empowerment and emotional dependence of women on men has negative consequences on the physical, psychological and mental health of women and reinforces their inferior status. It offers suggestions on how to bring an end to these practices. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]