Why reproductive rights must be a critical part of our arsenal to fight pandemics

Sexual and reproductive health and pandemics might seem to be unrelated topics, but large and dense populations are drivers of the high velocity transmission of COVID-19, and there are lessons to be learned for the future.

Gains made in women’s sexual reproductive health and rights just took several steps backward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to contraceptives has been interrupted, resulting in an increase in unintended pregnancies. With schools closed, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriages are rising. Globally gender-based violence has risen exponentially, as people are advised or required to stay home, and women and girls may not be able to leave an unsafe or violent situation.

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Preaching to the Choir: An International LGBTQ Psychology and Social Sciences Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
16 - 17 July, 2020
Commission on the Status of Women 64/ Beijing+25
New York, USA
9 - 20 March, 2020
Global summit on Maternal, Infant and Child Health
Tokyo, Japan
13 - 14 April, 2020
 
 
 
 

SEXUALITY IN THE NEWS
U.S. asks for abortion references to be removed from UN pandemic response plan
CNN
Huge FGM rise recorded in Somalia during coronavirus lockdown
The Guardian
"We were so ready": LGBT refugees in Kenya live in fear as global resettlement is put on hold
The Washington Post
Positive and motivational messages, not a focus on risk, needed for PrEP communications in South Africa
Aidsmap

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Many girls won't go back to school when lockdown is over
Around 90% of the world’s schoolchildren were confined to their homes in April, and if history is any indication, many girls won’t return to school once lockdowns are lifted. As a result, the coronavirus pandemic could threaten decades of progress for gender equality and girls' education, experts say.MORE
Sexual and gender-based violence during COVID-19: lessons from Ebola
Sexual and gender-based violence is a hidden consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. As communities around the world are forced to stay at home, women and girls are at a heightened risk of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.MORE
 

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COVID-19 and essential services provision for survivors of violence against women and girls height=

COVID-19 and Essential Services Provision for Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls 
This brief explores the implications for the provision of essential services for women and girls who have experienced violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.download

Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

Gender Equality: Women’s Rights in Review 25 Years After Beijing 
This report takes an integrated approach to reporting on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights. It uses striking data to examine six themes that link the Platform’s critical areas of concern and the Sustainable Development Goals.DOWNLOAD

WHO Consolidated Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
This report provides guideline on self-care, which includes health promotion; disease prevention and control; self-medication; providing care to dependent persons; seeking hospital/specialist/primary care if necessary; and rehabilitation, and palliative care.download
 

Ring, ring: Sex education call center in Senegal

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