Sexual and reproductive health

‘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: 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.

Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

In order to accelerate progress towards attainment of international development goals and targets in sexual and reproductive health, and in particular to contribute to meeting unmet need for contraceptive information and services, WHO has published guidance for policy-makers, programme managers providers and other stakeholders in the health sector on how to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, while services are scaled up to reduce unmet need for contraception

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.