Understanding Sexual and Reproductive health of Female Adolescents and Experience of Gender-Based Violence in Slum Areas of Southwest Nigeria
Olutoyin Ikuteyijo, University of Basel
The stage of adolescence is a critical stage of development in the human life span, which requires the right attention and intervention. Apparently, adolescents in urban slums are more vulnerable concerning exposure to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) risky practices, interpersonal violence. There exist marginal research and policy attention on the contextual determinants of SRH of female adolescents in urban slums and experience of violence, thereby prolonging the multiplier effects of outcomes such as unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion.
The number of young people (aged 10 to 24) in sub-Saharan Africa estimated to increase to 436 million by 2025, and further increase to 605 million by 2050. Adolescents’ health crisis constitutes a global challenge and calls for sustained and intense attention from the public health sector (Svanemyr et al 2017, Patton et al 2012, HWA 2014). Unfortunately, most studies on adolescents and reproductive health have focussed on adolescents in general while little is known about adolescents living in urban slums. The study uses convergent mixed methods design to explore household and community variables associated with SRH of female adolescents and experience of domestic violence. These are measure through contraceptive use and their sexual rights in urban slums in Oyo States, Southwest Nigeria. The result of the study will show the importance of SRH among female adolescents in the slums area, has been long marginalized.
Keywords: Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence, Slum
Ikuteyijo Olutoyin is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss TPH, Basel University. She earned her Master Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria with her thesis on women’s health. Her research interests cut across adolescents’ sexual health, child health, environmental health and violence against women. A fellow of the Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, and Population Reference Bureau Policy Communication. She is a member of French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) and Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA). She has served as a committee member in different research, community and religious based institutions.