Woo yeah, we have some heavy content here people, but stay with us! Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) affects all genders. It’s a broad term used to categorise four sub sectors: sexual health; sexual rights; reproductive health; and reproductive rights.
To unpack this a little more…
- Sexual health, is sexual development free from illness and violence.
- Sexual rights are the rights of all people to decide freely about their sexuality.
- Reproductive health is the physical, mental & social wellbeing in all matters related to pregnancies.
- Reproductive rights are the rights of people to decide freely about the number and spacing of their children.
So why is any of this important?
Because the personal is political! SRHR affect millions of people, everyday, across the globe. Just a few statistics to give you a feel for the size of the issue: one million births occur every year to girls under the age of fifteen years; 156,000 infants are born each year with HIV (almost all were preventable); 830 females die every day from preventable pregnancy and childbirth related issues; in developing countries one in every nine girls are married by the age of 15.
But don’t think we in ‘developed’ countries are removed from these issues, we are greatly affected. In Australia alone we are affected across all four sectors, from marriage equality to the taxing of sanitary products.
Vävven believes SRHR is fundamental to global development, equal to those of finance and trade. The denial of SRHR across the world is a human rights problem, but one we champion can be solved within our lifetime.
We’re here to give global support by working with aid organisations that champion SRHR and raising those awkward conversations closer to home, because we believe equality of opportunity is needed to create lasting change.
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