UN Gender Focus: Boko Haram victims and access to birth control

Thousands of people, mainly women and children, are scattered across the arid land of Nguigimi, Niger, after fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria. Photo: WFP Niger/Vigno Hounkanli

Traumatized Boko Haram victims need to know it's not their "fault"

Countless women and girls who were brutalized by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group need to know it's not their "fault. That powerful message coming from a UN expert who just returned from visiting displacement camps in the north-east of the African country. Veronica Reeves spoke with UN Special Rapporteur Maud de Boer-Buquicchio about her trip to Nigeria and some of the moving conversations she had with women and girls there. She told her that many of them are now facing an uncertain future as mothers; all the while being shunned by society and even their own families, after being raped by members of the insurgent group. Ms Boer-Buquicchio told me that these women and girls are in desperate need of psycho-socio support to help them come to terms with their ordeals.

 

Community health worker meets a family in his village in rural Laos to discuss family planning. File Photo: UNFPA/Micka Perier

No access to contraception for 200 million women worldwide

Some 200 million women around the world who want contraception have no access to it, according to the United Nations. The findings come in the Trends in Contraceptive Use Worldwide 2015 report which says that family planning is a fundamental right. Ann Biddlecom is one of the authors, who spoke to Daniel Dickinson about an International Family Planning Conference that took place in Indonesia.

Presenter: Veronica Reeves
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Duration: 10’00″

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