Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right Workshop Training for Intersex Persons in Nigeria

Everyone regardless of who they are has rights to basic amenities. Rights to adequate healthcare services, to shelter, clothing, food, electricity, water, rights of expression, employment opportunities, rights of association, etc.

Nigeria is the largest populated country in Africa and has an estimated population of about 214,965,338. Amongst these population, the recognition of intersex persons is always neglected and never considered to exist. This means intersex persons are not counted during census processes, which automatically translates to the fact that Nigeria has no intersex persons; which is not true.

A group of intersex persons at the SRHR workshop

Being intersex in Nigeria is perceived as a taboo or abnormality, as a result, many intersex persons find it hard to discuss their body with family or close friends, some people also face confusion about their body as they are unaware, they are intersex and where to get proper information on SRHR.

Violations of intersex rights includes but are not limited to rights to bodily integrity, bodily autonomy and self-determination; their rights to decide what happens to their body, when it happens and how it happens. Being intersex has massively resulted in deprivation of basic needs which affects all intersex persons at different levels and spheres.

Center for Healthcare Development and Youth Empowerment (Intersex Nigeria), organized a 3-day training workshop in March, 2022. This workshop addressed the basics of SRHR for intersex persons in Nigeria.

The training brought together 15 intersex participants from the six geo political zones of the country. Organizing the workshop, exposed intersex persons to basic knowledge of SRHR and how to self-advocate and help other intersex persons in their local communities.

 

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