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Women displaced by the Islamic terrorist groups, Boko haram and Fulani herdsmen in northern Nigeria, often face extreme barriers to accessing reproductive healthcare. Understanding socio-structural factors, and how women negotiate their healthcare needs in long-term displacement settlements, shape their care experiences. Kemi’s findings have implications for the health of the community of displaced women, and their children, in Nigeria as they struggle to navigate the challenges of losing livelihood, social support, and access to basic health, to terrorist attacks. The social impact of this work is measured by the parliamentary decision to sign and implement the gender parity bill and National policy on reproductive rights for women in displacement camps.
Oluwakemi (Kemi) Amodu is a PhD candidate in Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her belief in the emancipatory power of research and commitment to improving Nigerian women’s health has inspired her to examine women’s access to healthcare in relief camps and specifically to explore the ways in which gender, culture, conflict, and displacement affect reproductive health for women dislocated by terrorism. As part of her contribution to public advocacy in women’s health, Kemi presented the findings of her thesis, “Obstetric Fistula Policy in Nigeria,” at the University of Alberta’s 3-Minute (3-MT) Thesis Competition. There she won first place and the People’s Choice Award and continued to the Western Canadian 3-MT Thesis competition, winning the second place prize. Kemi is a proud recipient of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI) Graduate Studentship Award funded through the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF).
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