This week, the horrors of Boko Haram’s coordinated campaign of violence against women were underscored by a new report that many of the girls and women who have been abducted by the extremist group were repeatedly raped with the goal of impregnation. Latanya Mapp Frett, who first spent time in Nigeria in her roles with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United States Agency for International Development, spoke to Women in the World about violence against women and girls and her new mission as executive director of Planned Parenthood Global. Acute crises like the kidnappings and the use of rape as a weapon of terrorism focus the world’s attention, but sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria is precarious to begin with. Frett describes the collaborative efforts to change that.
Women in the World: The world began to focus on Nigeria with the Boko Haram kidnappings, but it seems to be the tip of the iceberg. What is the most underreported story about Boko Haram?
Latanya Mapp Frett: Many of the rescued Boko Haram hostages are reportedly pregnant as a result of rape. They deserve access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services including safe abortion.
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