One Million Signature to End GBV & Enhance Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights of Women

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There are several untold sad stories of women and young girls who are dying in silence. The anguish of these women and girls is further reinforced by longstanding social and cultural norms. Women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological violence and inflicted with psychological and physical injuries by their family members, partners, acquaintances and strangers. A husband is not guilty of marital rape under Nigerian criminal law leading to impunity in the home. Forced sex exposes the victim to serious risks of trauma and leads to HIV/AIDS infection, in some cases.

 

Women and girls in abusive relationships may have limited capacity to negotiate the terms and conditions of sex, including when and whether sex takes place and whether condoms are used.  Through what has been labeled the need to preserve social and cultural values, Gender-Based Violence, child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), trafficking in women and girls, unequal opportunities etc. are perpetuated. Most of these factors contribute to the high maternal and child mortality and morbidity rates. The physical, psychosocial and sexual complications associated with FGM are wide-ranging and may be severely disabling. Some are irreversible and contribute to the high burden of ill-health and poor social conditions of women in Nigeria.

 

Sexual and reproductive health of women who undergo FGM and child marriage may be severely compromised. This is especially the case when the health care delivery system is deficient and hampers adequate response to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Customs, religion, tradition and youth unfriendly attitude of healthcare providers exclude young people from access to reproductive health information and services. It is generally believed that exposing them to sexuality education encourages them to engage in sexual relations early in life. This has been shown to be false. Lack of comprehensive sexuality education and information leads to unwanted pregnancies and to risky and unsafe abortions.

 

Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC Nigeria) recognizes that the first step towards giving a fresh lease of life to girls and women in achieving sexual reproductive health and rights is awareness creation. In pursuance of this objective, CIRDDOC Nigeria has put together the Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights E-Campaign which seeks to promote respect for the sexual reproductive health and rights of women towards reducing incidences of gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, STIs, unsafe abortion and increase access of women and girls to safe reproductive health information and services.

 

The CIRDDOC/CENGOS signature campaign is a clarion call on all and sundry to say YES to sexual reproductive health and rights of girls and women and say No to GBV.

 

Kindly add your signature to the campaign to lend your voice to a society where sexual reproductive health and rights of women and girls are respected and protected.

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

This campaign is supported by Amplify Change.

CIRDDOC Nigeria/CENGOS.

 



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