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 observations finales on Nigeria’s compliance with its international obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the rights of the child.
Le site Centre pour les droits reproductifs and our Nigerian partner, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), had submitted a lettre fantôme to highlight violations of the sexual and la santé reproductive et rights of adolescents. Taking into account this information, the Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations highlighted the following key droits reproductifs concerns:
- Improving access to key santé reproductive services by providing these services free of charge, including soins maternels,
- Reducing l'avortement non sécurisé by amending the restrictive avortement law,
- Providing comprehensive éducation sexuelle and free and easily accessible contraceptifs to adolescents,
- Eliminating harmful traditional practices, including early marriage and mutilation génitale féminine,
- 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 la santé reproductive and rights of adolescents.