Universal access to SRHR is the bedrock of gender equality and economic development
Category : Naya Blog
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are inextricably linked to larger development goals like reducing poverty, achieving better health and ensuring equal rights for women and girls. Access to SRHR, including family planning, is essential to reduce poverty, increase education and professional opportunities and attainment for girls and women in all settings. When women are able to voluntarily decide about the timing and spacing of their pregnancies, their children are healthier and better educated, leading to better outcomes across whole families and entire communities.
Access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is the bedrock of gender equality, economic development and progress for all. When sexual and reproductive health and rights are violated, women, children and adolescents—particularly girls—are unable to achieve their full potential. Resulting unintended pregnancies—and associated infections—too often end in pre-mature death or debilitation due to complications or unsafe abortions. When they don’t, new mothers are often unable to pursue an education or a career, limiting economic participation in their community. Lack of comprehensive SRHR services perpetuates a vicious cycle that further marginalizes women and girls.
Universal access to contraceptive information, services and quality, affordable supplies is a basic human right. Greater investments are needed in human rights-based programming to ensure gender-inclusive and age-specific services that enable women and girls to obtain their full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
By Michael Okun Oliech (@MikeOkunson)