Specific Challenges encountered while trying to achieve the targets set in the ICPD PoA

Despite commitments to various treaties and documents promoting the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of women, we constantly find that most countries lag behind. Either in their laws or inability to implement existing laws.

We would like you to share what are the specific challenges you encounter while trying to promote Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health in your country, state or local communities.

Talk about the specific obstacles you encounter at work and in your lives as citizens and how you feel about the International Conference for Population and Development and its subsequent revisions.

Do you think it takes into account the cultural realities of your country?

We would also like information about your capacity building needs as well.

Attached below are:

International Conference on Population and Development, Platform of Action Cairo 1994 (in English, in French)

ICPD + 5

ICPD + 10

ICPD + 15

Also share with us other frameworks you feel better express Sexual and Reproductive Rights within a context you can relate to?


Challenges in our Advocacy

Challenges Generation Foundation encounters are enormorse,In our community when we mention reproductive and sexual rights people think we are talking about abortion, since abortion is not fully legalized in Nigeria and our culture and religion especially Catholic church abhore abortion people become septical about the whole idea.We now hide under the auspices of HIV and Health to really deliver our massage.Achieving safe health for the women and youths in rural communities have become an uphill task for the government, and through our advocacy we have noticed that the women and youths are very ignorant of their rights and the promises the government has made on their behalf through the international declaretions. In trying to build capacity of women and youths we encounter financial constraints in terms, transportation ,accomodation and feeding of the participants and trainers.

Thank you Generation

Thank you Generation Foundation for sharing information about the challenges you encounter while doing your work.
What do you think can be done to overcome these challenges? More funding for capacity building programmes of women and youths or more capacity building and funding for policy analysis and advocacy or both?

Do you think as an organisation you would require more capacity building on policy advocacy? Do you think that policy advocacy can help overcome the religious barriers to safe abortion services in Nigeria?

In doing advocacy, do you think the ICPD PoA is a strong document that is recognised and useful for advocacy work within the Nigerian context or there are other treaties you feel more comfortable working with?

Achieving the targets set for ICPD POA

To over come the challenges we need more funding for capacity building for women and youths,networking , advocacy and policy analysis for actual trickle down effect.Capacity on Policy advocacy can help overcome religious barriers to safe abortion services in Nigeria but we have to add awareness to educate the populace on the need for safe abortion .We also have to mount empowerement programes to make the women and youths more independent to take there own decisions.Councelling services have to be created to give the women more confident environment to share thre problems .The integration of all these strategies will help us overcome religious barriers in Nigeria.ICPD and POA are strong documents for advocacy in Nigerian context

Specific challenges encountered by WPC

Specific challenges we face at the community level are manifold:
1. ignorance of the community (women as men) of ICPD and Sexual and Reproductive Rights
2. Community ignorance of the government's commitments to ICPD and other international laws and human rights instruments. People consider the government unquestionable and people have only to obey what is being done by those in power as "serekali ni chombo cha kutisha na kukandamiza" (goverment is a tool to indimidate and repress" we always say here.
3.the stigma and shame associated with some SR issues, such as abortion, some contraceptives methods and sexual education for youth.
4. restriction of law and the strong religious fondamentalism
6. the lack of political will manifested by the government
7. difficult to document numbers of women resorting to unsafe abortions and those dying due to complications.

We feel ICPD as the cornerstone of the full enjoyment of women's sexual and reproductive rights. As an international document, it cannot take into account all countries' cultural realities because even in the same country cultural realities differ from one region to another, but I think ICPD is generally adapted to the Tanzanian cultural realities.

Policy analysis?

Thank you WPC for your response and the important issues you raised.
Coming from an African country where the government does not feel obligated to serve its people, I can relate to most of the issues you raised.

What do you think will be the best approach to addressing these issues then, policy analysis and advocacy to policy makers, community awareness and mobilisation programmes or both?. Do you think that more capacity building programmes for Community based organisations in these issues are what is needed or there are more things that can be done?

I agree with you that the ICPD PoA does not fully reflect the cultural realities of most societies especially those in Africa, do you think the the Beijing Platform of Action might be a better tool or are there other treaties you feel more comfortable with?

Thank you so much for your contribution, your input is very valuable.