Sexual and reproductive health

WHO and OHCHR launch landmark working group on health and human rights of women, children and adolescents

A woman and children in Dar Es Salam refugee camp in Chad.
UNICEF/Esiebo
A woman and children in Dar Es Salam refugee camp in Chad. March 2016.

23-28 May 2016 -- This week at the 69th World Health Assembly, WHO and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) announced the establishment of a high-level working group of global champions on health and human rights of women, children and adolescents.

Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV. JIAS Special issue

Man, woman and child
UNAIDS/T. Znidarcic

10 DEC 2015. Human Rights Day ¦ Women living with HIV can achieve safe and satisfying sexual lives, but there is still much to do for this to be a reality for the most vulnerable who face repeated violations of their rights. Antiretroviral treatment, together with advances in overcoming stigma and discrimination, and the development of HIV prevention interventions have all given hope and a chance at a healthy life for many around the world. For those who remain the most vulnerable, however, there is not nearly enough progress. Many women and girls living with HIV remain vulnerable due to a host of biological, social, cultural and economic reasons, including women’s continued social and economic inequality.

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.

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

Publications

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.