Women’s rights are human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights are essential to achieving gender equality around the world. Global health leadership and policies must acknowledge and reflect these fundamental rights – to control our bodies, who we have sex with, when, if, and who we marry, and if, when, and how we have children. These rights require action – everyone has the right to access sexual and reproductive health services free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.

Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights Snapshot
  • Sexual rights are human rights.1
  • In multiple countries, up to 45% of adolescent girls report that their first sexual experience was forced.2
  • There are approximately 200 million women and girls are living with the effects of female genital cutting.3

1 See generally World Ass’n for Sexual Health, Declaration of Sexual Rights, available at http://www.worldsexology.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/declaration_of_sexual_rights_sep03_2014.pdf.

2 World Health Org., Multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence against women, available at http://www.who.int/gender/violence/who_multicountry_study/summary_report/summary_report_English2.pdf 1, 24 (2005) (last accessed July 11, 2017).

3 UNICEF, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A Global Concern (2016), available at https://www.unicef.org/media/files/FGMC_2016_brochure_final_UNICEF_SPREAD.pdf.


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