Power dynamics, gender relations and decision-making regarding induced abortion among university students in Nigeria
AbstractThis study investigates the effects of gender and power relations on decision-making regarding induced abortion among undergraduate students in Nigeria. The qualitative in-depth interview method of data collection was utilised to elicit data on the objectives of the study. Findings of the study reveal four dimensions of gender and power relations that have significant impact on decision-making regarding induced abortion in the study location. The four essential forms of gender and power relations identified are: i.) Male-female power relations, ii.) Parent-child power relations, iii.) Significant order and power relations among peers, and iv.) Lecturer-student power relations. These four typologies of gender and power relations among other things promote a detrimental culture of clandestine and unsafe induced abortion among single young undergraduate students in Nigeria. Based on the findings of the study, there is a need to strengthen the existing structure that promotes gender equality in the country. In addition, young female students that are sexually active should be empowered to adopt efficient and effective contraception. Furthermore, there is a need to build the capacity of Nigerian female undergraduate students especially in the areas of self-dignity and self-esteem in order for them to take right decisions whenever an unwanted pregnancy occurs.
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