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1ST COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS

The 1ST COMMUNITY CONFERENCE ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS took place in ijanikin, Lagos State for in-school girls as an added strategy to achieving the ICPD goals and objectives for girls and further increased the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights knowledge of over 120 girls including few women within the local council to make an informed decision and develop their potentials.

The conference was attended by the wife of Oto Awori Local Council Development Area, Ojo Local Government and her Permanent Secretary, head teachers and students of various schools represented.

There was various presentations on importance of sexual and reproductive health on HIV/AIDS prevention, speak out to end sexual violence, breaking the cycle of adolescent pregnancy and effect of culture and religion on the social growth of a girl. Poem on the reproductive rights of a girl and a drama presentation on the importance of educating the girl child.

Sexual and reproductive ill health concern includes death and disability related to pregnancy and childbirth, sexually-transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and reproductive tract cancers. Sexual and reproductive ill health accounts for at least 20 per cent of the burden of global ill health for women of reproductive age (15-44 years) and some 14 per cent for men. These figures may underestimate the full burden as they exclude menstrual disorders and some respiratory tract infections. Of all human development indicators, those for sexual and reproductive health reveal the largest gaps between low income and developed countries and the inequities between rich and poor people within countries.

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Greengirl's picture

Laudable Program

It is nice to know about such a laudable program targeted at reducing the menace of HIV/AIDS in our society. Of particular interest to me, however, was the group which the program targeted.Girls!

Providing up to date information to young girls on reproductive health issues key to eradicating HIV/AIDS and every other forms of sexually transmitted diseases. I sincerely commend the organizers, and hope too that more of such programs will continue to hold.

You did well Vivian to have shared this information.

Best Wishes and Hugs,

Olanike.

vivian's picture

This program had been long

This program had been long conceived since 2010 when i decided to start off an NGO with a special focus on girls and women. Also, reproductive and sexual health issues are very sensitive topics that adults do not want to discuss yet they remain the background problem for girls and women.

The target for the conference is girls because reports review that young people especially girls between 15 - 29years represent more than half of Nigeria’s population. They are faced with the challenge of unwanted pregnancy, always desiring for unsafe abortion resulting to complications if they must delivery. Also, been adolescents, they are also faced with a lot of emotional changes which they use to discuss with a trusted friend and not a counsellor.

The program is an official take off of my organization. We also intend to conduct it in other Local communities in Lagos State since it may not be possible for us to attend international conferences on the subject matter then it is good to organise our own.

Thank you for appreciating the program. We can send you a copy of the report if you send your email

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Greengirl's picture

I will send you my email

I wish you the very best as you continue to expand your reach! I look forward to receiving the report which I hope to share with my network of friends and organization! Kudos to you and please stay focused. Your passion and work will project you beyond your immediate scope sooner than later.

You may please visit this link and explore the opportunity: http://www.sxpolitics.org/spwtraining2013/call-for-application.php.

All the very best!

Olanike

Osai's picture

Well done

This is very good and important. Sexual violence is generally unreported and it affects young women and girls most. I am interested in the poem that you said was recited at the event. Who wrote it? Can you share with us so that I can include it in our newsletter and website to raise awareness on SGBV? Please let me know.

Thank you.

Best wishes,
Osai

Twitter: @livingtruely

vivian's picture

Thank u

Speak Out to End Sexual Abuse and Violence is one of the topics presented at the conference. It is also an intended project that is yet to commence for girls using a social media like world pulse to write their stories themselves. The poem delivered was on Reproductive Rights of a Girl written by me. I will appreciate if you publish on your newsletter and website. Thank you and God Bless.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

kakahani007's picture

WE NEED MORE AND MORE

Dear . Vivian
Thanks a lot of sharing such great event in our big Mam ,,,, MAM Africa ,,,
As you mentioned in this state of your talk "Sexual and reproductive ill health concern includes death and disability related to pregnancy and childbirth, sexually-transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and reproductive tract cancers. Sexual and reproductive ill health accounts for at least 20 per cent of the burden of global ill health for women of reproductive age (15-44 years) and some 14 per cent for men."
These figures is really underestimate the situation of our countries so great effort should continue to make and visible effect on ground ,,,,,,
Again please keep post such event as really all World Pulse community are interesting in such events ,,,,,

Warm Thanks ,,,,,

Dr. Hani Mohammed Ibrahim (MBBS, SRH2012 Course)
Medical Doctor and Reproductive and Child Health Coordinator at SK Ministry of Health
Research Fellow at RCRU
Tel:+ 249 111 226 075
Email : hani.bashir85@gmail.com
Skype:kakahani007

vivian's picture

Thank u

The reproductive health challenges of young women and girls are increasing at an alarming rate and so we need to start addressing these problems so as to have a healthy society. More so, Young people between the age of 15-29 years represent more than half of Nigeria’s population of which girls are more. if the country's population is more of these age group, then special focus is need on them, give them factual information so as to be healthy and productive.

The conference was self funded by my organization which is our first program as a take off of the new organization in partnership with an existing organization within the community. It is our intend to carry out this program in more communities in Lagos State.

We will continue to share our events and activities here on world pulse as a global community

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

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