Sexual and reproductive health

Research and action needed for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights

Girl kissing boyfriend on cheek, Ukraine
WHO/Hauranitai Shulika

GENEVA 18 December 2014 - There is growing recognition of the importance of addressing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. According to a WHO-led Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health – published online today – which marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, efforts must be intensified to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents (10-19 years) and young people (10-24 years) are met and their rights fulfilled.

New guidance for the prevention and control of cervical cancer

HPV vaccination of adolescent girls in a school, Brazil.
WHO/PAHO
HPV Vaccination in Sao Paulo Brazil. March 2014

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The new guidance being at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia on 3 December 2014 could mean the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

25 November 2014 - Today, WHO joins organizations and individuals worldwide in observing the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, an annual event to raise awareness and accelerate progress towards ending the global scourge of violence against women and girls. Estimates suggest that one in three women globally have experienced either physical or sexual violence from a partner, or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives, and that levels of violence against women and girls remain extremely high. 16 days of activism follow this event, ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day, to mobilize support for the cause of ending violence.

Among other contraceptive methods, sterilization is an important option for individuals and couples to control their fertility. When performed according to appropriate clinical standards with informed consent, sterilization methods such as vasectomy and tubal ligation are safe and effective means of permanently controlling fertility. Laws, regulations, policies and practices should ensure that the provision of procedures resulting in sterilization is based on the full, free and informed decision-making of the person concerned.

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