As a woman, family planning and access to contraceptives, sex education and information is vital to me and my life. I am grateful to be privileged that contraception and family planning education are readily available to me but there are still millions of women out there today who are not. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart as I have PCOS and access to contraceptives is important to my health and I feel for women who do not have access to information that is vital to their lives. When The Premium Times Center of Investigative Journalism reached out to me to spread awareness and talk about this issue, I instantly said yes.
According to the data we have, one in 5 girls in developing countries becomes pregnant before the age of 18. This can be prevented with proper education and outreach programmes which can impact millions of lives in developing countries. Policymakers, donors, and advocates from around the world gathered on Tuesday, 11th of July, at the Family Planning Summit in London, UK to discuss matters on family planning. The event was hosted by the UK in partnership with the UN Population Fund, UNFPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nigeria’s Amina Mohammed,UN Deputy Secretary General, joined a panel at the Family Planning summit and talked about how achieving SDGs will be better met when reproductive health and family planning issues are well understood and taken by women and girls. She also mentioned how they are facing significant funding gaps to resolve global family planning issues.
Amina Mohammed in her Keynote address said women’s right are human right.
“#SheDecides came along at a time when the world need leadership to fill the vacuum to championing the course of women to achieving a right for women and girls until it becomes a norm
There is absolutely no reason why anyone should what to do harm to another, we need to stand up to doing no harm to our daughter, sisters, mothers, wives, and grandmothers, that is the mentality we should go about with, we cannot stand by while others do harm to our women. We will get further when countries own their responsibility to the growth and development of their girls and women, we need to inform the parliament, and country leaders of this.Women have a big role to play in educating the children especially our sons, we need to teach them as that serves as a foundation to women development.”
Isaac Adewole, the Nigerian Minister of Health, said Data is a problem in Nigeria and two new warehouses will be opened in Nigeria, one in Lagos and in Abuja.He also spoke about the improvement Nigeria has made in since the last summit five years ago.
“Nigeria is committed to opening an integrated system and the new ware houses are done in collaboration with USAID, Global Funds and the Nigerian government.”
UNFPA and Nigeria have signed new MoU and Nigeria will increase funding to $4,million annual to the basket fund and ensure distribution of $56 million to state through GFF.
“We want to include family planning as a routine to Nigeria such as the immunization route and remove all barriers, and all primary health care centres will be used as access points to family planning. We want to improve the usage of modern contraceptive in Nigeria across the country to 27 percent, this is significant to us because there is a wide discrepancies as in the In North-East the usage of modern contraceptive is about 3 percent as compared to the about 25 percent in the south west.”
I’m glad I was able to watch the Summit and see the reality of things. We need to push for more legislation that will allow women around Nigeria and in other developing to get access to contraceptives, family planning aid and education. Let me know what you think of all this in the comment section below!