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Customary and religious laws are impeding progress towards women's health in Nigeria

By Terry McGovern, Chair, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center
Monique Baumont, Research & Policy Analyst, Columbia University
Samantha Garbers, Associate Professor, Columbia University Medical Center
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Numerous countries have committed themselves to promoting the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls by ratifying international human rights treaties. These include the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Nigeria ratified the convention on women’s rights in 1985

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