Respect, Protect, & Fulfill Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is about much more than anatomy. It’s about identity, pleasure, bodily integrity, and a person’s ability to choose if, when, and how many children to have.
To uphold these rights, girls and women need access to accurate information and services including contraception, counselling, testing/treatment, and safe abortion care. They must also be empowered to assert their bodily autonomy and negotiate for their right to privacy and decision making power. Without the opportunity to realize these rights, girls and women are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, experiencing gender-based violence, and facing unplanned pregnancies.
But when a woman has the right to control her own body, sexuality, and fertility, it transforms gender relations and increases her ability to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. This in turn creates a ripple effect benefitting not only the individual but also her entire family and community.
We must work toward a world in which all girls and women are able to enjoy a life of choice, agency, and equality without fear of stigma, discrimination, or violence. This means investing in programs and policies that increase access to stigma-free health services, protect individual rights and sexuality and promote comprehensive sexuality education.
As we kick off the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Deliver for Good Partners spotlight stories and solutions that show the transformative impact of investing in SRHR.