The Media, Health, and Rights Initiative of Nigeria said it is crucial for all women and girls to have adequate knowledge and access to effective, affordable, and acceptable methods of contraception of their choice.
The Director, Media, Health, and Rights Initiative of Nigeria, Mrs. Alu Azege made the disclosure on the occasion of World Contraception Day 2022.
She added that it is important for women of all diversity to have access to modern short-and long-acting contraceptives and other methods such as emergency contraception, as well as any other method to avoid forced, unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.
“Contraception types include Long Acting Reversible Contraception, Hormonal methods, barrier methods, and sterilization. Contraception is synonymous to women, against all historical odds. However, engagement with women in our community shows that many women and girls do not know about contraception.
“Only girls and women who can plan their families have better opportunities to realize their potential; they can pursue education and participate in and contribute to the economy, leading to a more prosperous, stable, and equitable society. A Woman’s total well-being starts from her bodily autonomy, the right to govern over her own body and make informed decisions about her reproductive health. Universal knowledge of contraception as well as access to contraception are rudimentary determinants to women, and without these, their empowerment and gender equality remain elusive”, she noted.
“Healthy families are created by choice, not by chance.” These were the instructive words of Dr. Nafis Sadik, former UNFPA Executive Director and architect of the landmark ICPD Programme of ActionOver the years, the world has experienced promising developments but also imperative setbacks affecting the right to sexual and reproductive health and rights albeit against Human rights law which stipulates that women must be free to decide when to be pregnant, how many children to have, and how to space pregnancies.
MHR believes in and promotes the comprehensive education and enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health rights through information and engagement. This is essential to women’s and girls’ ability to exercise all other human rights and for the achievement of gender equality. Laws and policies that deny women and girls their sexual and reproductive health rights are inherently discriminatory
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