The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reaffirmed its commitment to reproductive health, women’s rights, and a secure environment for adolescent girls in Nigeria.
This was the message of the global agency’s executive director, Natalia Kanem, when she arrived in the country on a visit on Wednesday, November 26, 2021
A statement issued by the UNFPA’s regional communication advisor, Jacob Eben, noted that Ms Kanem will be in the country until November 28, adding that during the period, she would express the agency’s support and commitment for the sexual and reproductive health rights of women, girls, and young people in Nigeria and the West and Central Africa region.
“Today, UNFPA is looking after the reproductive health of countless women, girls, boys and men, everyone across this beautiful country. My message is simple; we need to assure that our adolescent girls grow up secured, that her community is at peace, and that she has the life-saving that she needs to navigate a dangerous world if there is ignorance,” Ms Kanem said.
The statement further noted that Ms Kanen would also shed light on the achievements, progress and challenges in implementing UNFPA’s mandate in Nigeria and the region, particularly in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ms Kanem’s visit comes two years after the highly successful 2019 Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD)+25, where member states recommitted to accelerate the promise of achieving the Plan of Action of the International Population on Development, 25 years after the landmark agreement in Cairo, Egypt.