Saturday, 6 August 2022

African Women's Day: Group Advocate Priotising Healthcare, Well-being For Womenand Girls

Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation joins the rest of the world to commemorate African Women's Day in honour of all women and girls in the continent. This year's theme 'Towards the African Women's Decade: Realizing Women's Human Capital through accelerated social and economic development, addressing the scourge of violence, food insecurity and good nutrition on the African continent' resonates with Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation's goal of ensuring that every woman and girl on the African Continent, has the right to their bodily autonomy free from all forms of violence and discrimination.

Nigeria is a signatory to the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), a framework which is indigenous to the African People and specifically provides for the bodily autonomy of women and girls across Africa. Women with well spaced children can support family livelihood, which enhances household food 

Nigeria is confronted with high incidences of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), which sometimes results in unwanted pregnancies, leading to unsafe abortions, thereby contributing to the already high maternal mortality rate in the country.
Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation is committed to ending unsafe abortions, SGBV and providing unhindered access to contraceptives, putting us at the forefront 
as advocates for reproductive justice.

Through our work at the National and 
State levels, we advocate for policies and law reforms that promote women's 
rights and challenge harmful social norms in the communities that act as barriers to women and girls' access to comprehensive sexual reproductive 
health services. 

On this memorable day of the African Women, We call on the Government in 
Nigeria and across Africa to prioritize the lives and well-being of women and 
girls. We believe that domesticating the Maputo protocol will ensure that all 
barriers inhibiting women and girls in Nigeria from exercising their rights to bodily autonomy are removed. 

We also use this medium to congratulate the Pan-African Women's Organisation (PAWO), a specialized agency of the African Union, on her 60th anniversary. We appreciate their important role in mobilizing African women on the continent and the Diaspora to rally around collective struggles for a free and 
prosperous Africa

Long Live Africa! Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 
Dated the 31st day of July 2022. 
Lucky Palmer
Country Director, Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation.