Only 46% of Married Nigerian Women Have Say in Sexual Matters- UNFPA

According to a survey by the United Nations Population Fund, only 46% of married Nigerian women aged 15 to 49 have a right to make decisions on sex and reproduction due to issues bordering on forced marriage and child marriage, amongst others.

Ms. Ulla Muella, who is the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, said this in Abuja on Monday at a press conference on the official launch of the State of the World Population report 2021 known as SWOP.

Ulla works mainly for and with women and girls.

Speaking on the theme, My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination, Muella said, “In Nigeria, among married women between the ages of 15 to 49, 46% are able to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

“About 56 per cent say that decisions about their own health care are made mainly by their husbands while 33 per cent of these women say such decisions are made jointly with their husbands.”

She added that only a handful have the voice to decide whether to use contraceptives or have sex at all.

“About 11 per cent of married women in Nigeria are able to make any decisions about their health care and 56 per cent can say no to their husbands if they do not want to have sexual intercourse. Only 41 per cent can even ask their husbands to use a condom.”

“About 20 per cent of women between the ages of 14 and 49 have been circumcised while 41 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 had their demands satisfied with modern contraceptive.”


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