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Title: Promoting Reproductive And Sexual Rights Through Access To Justice In Ibadan Nigeria.

Lead Presenter: Oluyemisi Adefunke Bamgbose

Co-Presenters:

  1. Folake Tafita

Session Abstract: Access to Justice for Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights of Women in Ibadan Oluyemisi Bamgbose & Folake Tafita Women’s Law Clinic, University of Ibadan Abstract Reproductive and sexual health is not just a health issue; it is also a development issue and a human rights issue. While reproductive health is considered to be an important component of health for both women and men, the issues are more critical for women than men. The unfair burden for reproductive health lies heavily on women due to women’s reproductive functions, reproductive potentials coupled with the way society treats or mistreats women because of their gender. Reproductive and sexual health issues affecting women and girls include amongst others; sexual abuse, rape, coercion, harassment, sexually transmitted infections, unsafe sex, unwanted pregnancy and illegal abortion, infertility and inability to regulate fertility or negotiate sex. Reproductive and sexual health matters affecting women and girls are most often considered private and confidential, and victims may not desire or require the formalities and exposure of regular courts. This paper seeks to discuss access to justice for women in matters affecting their reproductive and sexual health rights. It posits that access to justice as a concept is exposable and achievable in pro-bono clinical legal clinics without resort to the regular courts or litigation particularly in the resolution of issues affecting women’s reproductive and sexual health rights. The employment of a plural normative system of resolving dispute in African lives and society remains crucial to engendering and ensuring access to justice for women. Furthermore, it exposes the role and strategies employed by the Women’s Law Clinic, University of Ibadan in ensuring access to justice for indigent women and girls (clients) whose reproductive and sexual health rights have been violated or threatened.

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