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Title: LEGALISING CAIRO: PROSPECTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN NIGERIA
Authors: ANIEKWU, NKOLIKA IJEOMA
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: CODESRIA Special Issue on African Women, Dakar, Senegal.
Series/Report no.: Vols 1 & 2;49 - 52
Abstract: he central challenges posed by international agreements such as the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo 1 and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing 2 are the application of human rights principles to reproductive health and female sexuality in different jurisdictions. Even though the ratification of international documents and the entrenchment of human rights clauses in national laws create enabling conditions for promoting reproductive and sexual rights, there are still challenges encountered in the protection of reproductive health rights in many states. The implications of a reproductive rights paradigm in a multicultural society like Nigeria with statutory/common law, customary and religious legal systems are enormous. That is why despite the proliferation of ‘reproductive and sexual rights’ in international mandates and national policies in the past decade, the transformative nature of the rights framework for reproductive health in Nigeria remains largely unexplored. This paper makesa perfunctory analysis of the situation in Nigeria by focusing on the indicators of capacity and willingness within the State. It concludes with the prospects and opportunities for legal obligations envisaged in such a discourse and the potential for reform in the changing paradigms of sexuality and human rights
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