According to UNFPA, the Fortnight initiative is said to be for advocacy, mobilizing support and expanding access to women and young girls for fistula treatment.
Obstetric Fistula continue to be a problem in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, affecting women of childbearing age during pregnancy and labor and resulting in debilitating urinary and/or fecal incontinence.
Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, undertook a high level advocacy visit to northern Nigeria on Improving the Health Outcomes, including Access to Education for Women and Girls.
Fulfilling their potentials becomes impossible.
In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, it is estimated that 53% of internally displaced person are women and girls, whose reproductive health need to be protected urgently.
“We should work towards getting girls to go to school and stay in school” – Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin
“Kaduna has a youthful population with about 80% below the age of 35 years. The decision to ignore or harness their potential will determine if the population will be a liability or an asset. By this unveiling, we have initiated steps to do the latter” said Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor.
“For women and girls, especially pregnant women, who may probably face life-threatening childbirth complications, as well as lactating women, caring for newborns throughout the chaos, whether they live or die in a crisis often depends on their access to basic sexual and reproductive health services. But, too often, these needs take a back seat to other urgent needs, like food and shelter” – prof. Babatunde Osotimehin
They met with His Highness Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno, who reiterated his commitment to use his position to protect women and girls from gender-based violence.
It is hoped that this joint mission will strengthen and leverage strategic partnership to ensure that UNFPA support and creates synergies with the programmes of the Nigerian Government.