Governments Call for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Development Policies

The 47th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development ended early Saturday morning with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights as key priorities for sustainable development.


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This is the World We Want

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, where nations across the globe declared that reproductive rights are human rights. Now, as governments gather this week at the United Nations for the annual Commission on Population and Development (CPD), we’re at another critical moment in the push to achieve full access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.


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Justice, Evidence, and Reason are On Our Side

Having a voice at the United Nations can be a very complicated affair for countries, non-governmental organizations, and—most of all—individuals. Even though I am a law professor and teach a course on international human rights, nothing has better prepared me for understanding the true meaning of the freedoms embedded in human rights than being part of the movement that shapes the priorities for the new global development agenda.


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It’s nearly impossible to work in sexual and reproductive health and rights today without hearing the word “Cairo.” Twenty years ago in Cairo, Egypt, 179 governments agreed—for the first time—that ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of all must be central to global development policies and funding. Women’s rights advocates from across the world—including Regional Director Carmen Barroso—worked hard to achieve this incredible paradigm shift that irrevocably changed international population and development policies.


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Doing My Part to Undo Inequality

Since I was a girl, I had a passion for understanding the health system and social inequalities. When I walked through the streets of Peru, I saw people asking for help and wondered why there was no one to care for them. As I got older, I decided to become a nurse. I wanted to be part of the health system and help people to live well.


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Making Space for Youth in Trinidad and Tobago

Last week, I was in New York at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Joined by other advocates and representatives from the world’s governments, I advocated for gender equality and the full realization of women’s human rights and women’s empowerment, universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, and access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, information and education.


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Five Sex Education Successes in Latin America

Since the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration, “Preventing through Education” in 2008, the regional political response toward comprehensive sexuality has been favorable. Nevertheless, there have also been delays and setbacks in some countries. These gaps notwithstanding, governments have become more sensitive to young people's need for sexual and reproductive health information and services.

These are five successes we've helped to achieve in Latin American countries:


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Political will for improving the health and rights of young people is increasing. We have seen the failure of abstinence-only programs to reduce rates of HIV infection and pregnancy among youth, and the evidence comprehensive sexuality education programs' success is growing.


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As many advocates for sexual and reproductive rights can attest, overturning unjust laws and fighting for fair and rights-based policies is an uphill battle that can take months and, in many cases, years. Advocacy requires tenacity, patience, and resources, and victories are often few and far between.


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Tell Them about Sex Education. They Deserve To Know.

“I don’t want to have sex, but my friends say I have to or the relationship isn’t real.”

“Is it true that I’m supposed to have sex with him if he pays for the movie?”

“Where do I go if I get an sexually transmitted infection? I don’t know what to do.”

“Can I get pregnant the first time I have sex?”


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