During its June session, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors states’ implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, released its observaciones finales on Nigeria’s compliance with its international obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of the child.
El Centro de Derechos Reproductivos and our Nigerian partner, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), had submitted a carta de la sombra to highlight violations of the sexual and salud reproductiva y rights of adolescents. Taking into account this information, the Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations highlighted the following key derechos reproductivos concerns:
- Improving access to key salud reproductiva services by providing these services free of charge, including atención sanitaria a la madre,
- Reducing aborto inseguro by amending the restrictive aborto law,
- Providing comprehensive sexuality education and free and easily accessible anticonceptivos to adolescents,
- Eliminating harmful traditional practices, including early marriage and mutilación genital femenina,
- Preventing sexual violence in schools.
In addition, the Committee recommended that the government amend the Constitution to ensure it guarantees “the right of the child to the best attainable state of physical and mental health as a constitutionally protected right.”
The Center and WARDC welcome the Committee’s concluding observations and strongly urge the Nigerian government to implement these recommendations to improve the sexual and salud reproductiva and rights of adolescents.