A Socio-Legal Analysis of Women's Health as a Reflection of Women's Status in Nigeria
Nigeria is a signatory to many international conventions and declarations on women, yet the status of women belies the provisions of these instruments. One of the areas which reflect the contradiction of international instruments in Nigeria is the area of women’s health. Government’s free health service is a ruse and health services in Nigeria are in reality expensive and beyond the reach of many women. The mental, physical and reproductive health of women should be prioritized given the primacy of the well being of women for the health of children in particular and the welfare of household and community in general;. This article presents a socio-legal analysis of the impediments to achieving optimum women’s health in Nigeria. It demonstrates how social and cultural factors heighten the impairment of women’s health in spite of the state’s professed commitment to treaties at the international and regional levels.
Keywords: Socio-Legal, Women's Health, Women's Status
Dr. Funmi Bammeke
Lecturer, Department of sociology, University of Lagos
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos