Posted by Maria Codina on December 3, 2018 at 11:14 am
This year we met in early November to discuss how the SRHR community can help unlock rights and care for all. We are proud to share with you the conference report which provides key actions points and recommendations that came up during these two days.
In 2018, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that set the foundation for a fairer world in which everyone has the right to live a life in dignity, free of discrimination and abuse. Since then, the idea that reproductive and sexual rights are human rights has been gradually recognised. Furthermore, access to reproductive and sexual health services has been identified as essential to ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring
that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, as exemplified by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In the light of inevitable linkages between human rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), the 2018 EuroNGOs conference focused on how reproductive and sexual justice is linked with understanding and overcoming other forms of structural oppression. The programme reflected on the intersectional nature of human rights as well as the importance of building the bridges between various human rights groups to find common ground with all of those who value and care about freedom, dignity and justice.
The conference gathered 172 participants from 98 organisations, including the representatives of various human rights groups and movements outside of the traditional SRHR community, to identify common opportunities and challenges that could inform the human rights agendas, including SRHR, at both the international and domestic level. Furthermore, given the current challenging political and operational environment for civil society and continued pushback towards SRHR, we discussed how to speak out and push for systemic change and move our collective rights agenda forward.