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The Nigerian Woman and Reproductive Autonomy

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A View of Autonomy as Empowerment

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The expectation that law should facilitate the enjoyment of the right of women to be free to decide what happens to their bodies in matters of reproductive health, and the factors mitigating against their ability to do so as free and autonomous persons, is the central focus of this paper. Despite being socially and culturally constituted, women have a unique identity, separate and distinct from those of the men and significant others in their lives, which deserves respect and recognition. Women have a right to exercise their reproductive right and do not have to seek permission to do so. However, the functionality and enjoyment of this right depends, to a large extent, on the economic and educational empowerment of women.

Affiliations: 1: LL.B (Nigeria), LLM (Dalhousie), Fellow CIHR,


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