Sexual and reproductive health

Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

29 September 2015- Recognising that violence and discrimination present a significant barrier to health and health services, including for HIV and other STIs, this joint inter-agency statement calls on governments, parliaments, judiciaries, national human rights institutions, community, religious, political leaders, workers’ organizations, the private sector, health providers, civil society organizations and the media to stand up to discrimination in all its forms, in line with the mandate of the UN. The statement calls for specific measures to be taken to protect individuals against discrimination and violence and for an end to discriminatory laws in line with international human rights standards.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights at the 70th United Nations General Assembly

September 2015: NEW YORK, USA The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly has now opened in New York, representing a landmark moment in the global agenda for health, particularly for sexual and reproductive health and human rights. The event also marks the launch of the new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, a fifteen-year roadmap for ending preventable deaths and improving health of women, children and adolescents.

‘Realizing the Future We Want’: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at this year’s Commission on Population and Development

Mr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA addresses the Commission during the opening. United Nations Headquarters, New York
UN DESA/S. Nijman
Mr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA addresses the Commission

13 – 17 April 2015: NEW YORK, USA. Sexual and reproductive health and rights have already been highlighted at this year’s Commission of Population and Development, at the United Nations Headquarters. Representatives from WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP are attending the Commission.

Ending disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth

Health care worker giving newborn baby to mother in health facility
Lieve Blancquaert

WHO and its partners around the world have issued a statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based delivery. Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, across the world many women experience disrespectful, abusive, or neglectful treatment during childbirth in facilities. These practices can violate women’s rights, deter women from seeking and using maternal health care services and can have implications for their health and well-being.

Gender and Rights


Women’s and children’s health: Evidence of impact of human rights

Blog article by Professor Paul Hunt Human Rights Centre, University of Essex on the Oxford Human Rights Hub

Entre nous magazine

Issue 66 explores the relationship between gender and sexual and reproductive health, focusing on the challenges presented by gender inequity and inequality in sexual and reproductive health and emphasizing the importance of achieving gender equality for positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes.