Advocacy for the ratification of the Maputo Protocol in Niger: an RFLD Documentation


Socio-cultural barriers and the fact that youth sexual health is considered a highly taboo subject in Niger make it difficult to discuss and debate sexuality and therefore create obstacles to its eradication, even though there are laws against it.

That said, the existence of laws and treaties for girls and women does not mean that they are enforced. But even if there are gaps, the legislative and policy landscape is full of important elements to build on to influence the consideration of young people's sexual and reproductive health. However, the level of knowledge of the laws and legislative framework by those who are expected to enforce them or even by the people who are expected to comply remains very low.  


In order to correct this situation, Niger has made several commitments at the national and international level to improve the reproductive health of adolescents and youth in Niger. In compliance with these commitments, the Government of Niger has not yet conducted a feasibility study on the exemption of adolescents and youth from the direct costs of modern contraceptive methods. It is therefore essential to provide adolescents and youth with the information they need to develop.

Thus, a series of steps and actions must be taken to develop and introduce reproductive health modules into training curricula. In order to achieve these results, it is essential to work on a socio-cultural environment that accompanies integrated sexuality education in order to remove socio-cultural barriers.

But what is integrated sexuality education? How can women working in reproductive health and family planning, as part of the "adolescents and youth" target group, help improve the socio-cultural environment in Niger? How can they work to remove the barriers identified in previous meetings? What strategies should be adopted for a successful synergy of actions?

Niger has not yet ratified the Maputo Protocol, but through the advocacy that will be carried out, the authorities will be called upon to ratify it so that women can fully play their role in Nigerien society. Despite articles 14 and 21 on the right to health and control of reproductive functions, and the right to inheritance, respectively, which are factors delaying ratification of the Protocol, the protection and promotion of women's rights are ongoing concerns in Niger.


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