Building on the Hague Civil Society Call to Action on Human Rights and ICPD Beyond 2014, the SRI’s written statement for the upcoming 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development calls on governments to:
Ensure the implementation of all human rights obligations related to the Programme of Action of the ICPD;
Promote equality by tackling the root causes of structural inequalities;
Eliminate inequality, stigma, discrimination and violence perpetuated against individuals on the basis of perceived sexuality, sexual orientation, health status, gender, marital status, occupation, ability, age, gender identity and gender expression;
Eliminate laws and policies that impose barriers to access to sexual and reproductive health services and information including parental, spousal and guardian consent or notification laws, and laws criminalizing or in any way restricting girls’ and women’s access to safe abortion services and post-abortion care, among others;
Ensure access to a comprehensive, accessible, and integrated package of sexual and reproductive health services, information and education free from stigma, discrimination and violence and with full respect for privacy, informed consent and confidentiality;
Ensure sexual and reproductive health services are youth-friendly, recognizing, promoting and protecting young peoples’ sexual rights as human rights, including their rights to bodily autonomy and integrity, and pleasure; and
Empower individuals to exercise and claim their sexual and reproductive rights as human rights.
To read the Hague Civil Society Call to Action on Human Rights click here.