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A new global campaign launched by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today is throwing down the gauntlet to world leaders to support people’s basic sexual and reproductive rights – so people can decide what happens to their bodies, who they live with and whether or not they become pregnant.
The I decide campaign will have more than 50 IPPF Member Associations holding events across the world to highlight the situation of people who are not able to make decisions about their own lives due to stigma, discrimination or abuse.
Shodunke Mary, 53, has been a midwife from the Local Government Area Council for seven years in Nigeria. Now she is working with PPFN providing family planning counselling and a range of integrated sexual and reproductive health services. In addition, Mary also conducts on the job training to other facilities which are providing services for the PPFN model.
IPPF's Member Association in Nigeria, the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), piloted a successful project over 9 months around family planning. It had a specific focus on accessing people who would not ordinarily be reached through services and worked with local partners to ensure that no one was left behind.
SIZE defines many things about Nigeria. Being Africa’s most populous country ensures that plenty of the issues it faces are big.
Nigeria’s population is around 188 million, and growing at more than 3% a year. Around a quarter of young women will be mothers or pregnant by the age of 19.
The kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria has been condemned by most people and organizations and we urge their release. This event represents not just an assault on the girls and their families but also the way women are treated in locations around the globe, the International Planned Parenthood Association (IPPF) said.
“Unless we empower women and girls, expand their educational opportunities, and work every day for their rights then they will continue to be singled out simply on the grounds of gender,” said IPPF’s President Naomi Seboni.