The Director, Gender and Development, Hacey Health Initiative, Miss Rhoda Robinson, has said that access to contraceptives and the right information can reduce maternal mortality in Nigeria.

Robinson made the statement on Friday in Lagos during a media parley organised by the NGO to commemorate the United Nations 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Arguing that since access to contraceptives was still a big issue in Nigeria, she said the provision of the right kind of information for young people would enable them to make the right choices when it comes to sexual and reproductive health.

“It is about having access to the right information and having access to an enabling environment. When an environment is not youth friendly, it doesn’t give them the information to make the right choices then they are liable to engage in unsafe sex and contract sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies, from there you have issues of abortion coming up. All these could be prevented with the right information,” she said.

Robinson said her organisation is currently running a project aimed at improving access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and have currently mapped out over 260 centres in the southwest to provide adolescent-friendly sex and reproductive health information.

Speaking on the Role of the media in sexual violence prevention, a public relations practitioner, Mrs Adenike Fagbemi, said the prevention of violence and sexual assault requires taking action on social norms and allowing the media play a role in shaping these norms.

“The media are the main information source concerning crime and sexual assault for the majority of the public. By covering a range of events related to sexual assault, the media can help create a greater understanding of what sexual assault is and why it is unacceptable. This approach fosters public attitudes of non-tolerance toward this type of violence,” Fagbemi said.

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