In Nigeria, women continue to face life-threatening risks related to their reproductive role. Women also continue to suffer profoundly due to lack of sufficient investment in addressing their health rights. With a maternal mortality ratio of about 774 per 100,000 live births, nearly 100 Nigerian women die daily from childbirth related complications. While Nigeria has ratified most international human right instruments, women’s human rights have not been treated as a priority development issue. The situation is further made worse by certain negative traditional practices which continue to undermine the full application of the rights principles articulated in the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Many women have no control over their own reproduction. For women in northern Nigeria, especially those residing in rural areas, access to reproductive health information and services remain poor.

1 out every18 Nigerian woman is at risk of dying in her lifetime due to pregnancy related causes (UNICEF 2006). For most women residing in northern Nigeria, access to reproductive health information and services is poor. Women, especially those residing within rural communities do not have access to family planning services, or control over their reproduction

Physicians for Social Justice regards the death of women related to childbearing and their continued lack of access to reproductive health services as part of injustices against women. These injustices are deeply rooted in denial of women’s human rights.  PSJ as a grassroots network of physicians is committed to advocating for women’s health rights while simultaneously providing crucial, life-saving services for women in remote rural communities.