By Lubem Gena, Abuja
A Non-Governmental Organization, the Youth Network for Community & Sustainable Development (YNCSD) has commemorates this year’s International Safe Abortion Day and stressed that the issue has remained the most divisive, sensitive and important political discourse.
According to a statement made available to News Headquarter, YNCSD said safe abortion is a significant human right and public health concern that must be addressed and acknowledged on this in line this year’s theme for International Safe Abortion Day focuses on Addressing the Barriers to Safe Abortion in Uncertain Times.
Part of the press release reads: “Access to safe abortion especially with so much uncertainty surrounding abortion laws across the globe is essential for women’s health as well as a fundamental human right. Where abortion is restricted or outrightly prohibited, women’s self-respect and dignity are undermined by a lack of access to safe abortion.
“In commemoration of this significant day, YNCSD is planning to host a Twitter Spaces dialogue titled “Addressing the Barriers to Safe Abortion in Uncertain Times, ” in line with the international theme of Safe Abortion Day. We will be having 3 distinguished speakers deliberate on this topic. These speakers include Dr. Mojirayo Ogunlana, Miss Rukayah Abdulrasheed and Dr. Edmund Aja-Bisong Jr.
“The aim of the TwitterSpaces is to create a forum for a conversation that will highlight the barriers to accessible and safe abortion services in Nigeria and the next steps we can take as individuals, relevant stakeholders, and organizations in proffering sustainable solutions to restrictive abortion services in Nigeria.
“Additionally, to further acknowledge International Safe Abortion Day we will be posting informative content across all of our social media platforms and an article post on our website focused on the impact of policymaking on ensuring safe abortion services in Nigeria”.
YNCSD uses the opportunity of a day to advocate and call for global and national action toward ensuring accessible sexual and reproductive services in these uncertain times.
YNCSD also reiterated it’s commitment towards tackling the issues via partnerships with relevant stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions and initiatives.
“As an organization, we have been unwavering in our commitment to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, including delivery of advocacy initiatives aimed at ensuring that women, girls, female sex workers and other pregnant persons have unhindered access to safe abortion services.
“Some of our recent projects and initiatives made possible through the magnanimous support from our donors have seen the development of policy guideline documents on access to SRHR services, Quality of Care Training for multiple cadres of abortion service providers leading to improved service delivery to our beneficiaries, digital advocacy training; and robust narrative change activities needed for countering a growing anti-gender and anti-rights movement not only in Nigeria but around the world”, the press release added.