Sexual and reproductive health

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

Preventing gender-biased sex selection

14 June 2011 - A statement issued by OHCHR, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and WHO reviews the evidence behind the causes, consequences and lessons learnt regarding “son preference” or sex selection favouring boys in many parts of South, East and Central Asia, where ratios as high as 130 boys for every 100 girls have been observed.
Sex selection in favour of boys is a symptom of pervasive social, cultural, political and economic injustices against women, and a manifest violation of women’s human rights,” the statement notes, citing one man’s testimony that “the birth of a son enhances my status, while that of a girl lowers my head.”

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.