Law, human rights and gender in practice: an analysis of lessons from implementation of self-care interventions for sexual and reproductive health

Abstract Self-care interventions for health are becoming increasingly available, and among the preferred options, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research assessed the extent of attention to laws and policies, human rights and gender in the implementation of self-care interventions for sexual and reproductive health (SRH), to identify where additional efforts to ensure an enabling […]

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What just happened?: Abortion in the U.S. after Roe

About: On June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade and thus removed constitutional protection for abortion rights in the country. This decision will hurt millions of people – especially those who already face discriminatory obstacles to health care. In response, we recorded this episode of the SRHM Podcast to […]

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights of “last mile” adolescents: a scoping review

Abstract: Globally, significant progress has been made in the realm of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. We conceptualised “last mile” adolescents as having two or more of the following factors of identity: refugee, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, out of school, rurally or remotely located, slum dwelling, incarcerated or previously incarcerated, HIV/AIDS infected, and living with a disability. […]

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A qualitative inquiry into pregnant women’s perceptions of respectful maternity care during childbirth in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria

Abstract: Women’s perceptions of respectful maternity care (RMC) are critical to its definition and measurement globally. We evaluated these in relation to globally defined RMC norms. We conducted a descriptive study involving eight focus group discussions with 50 pregnant women attending antenatal clinic at one primary and one secondary health facility each in the North-west […]

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Social and economic marginalisation and sexual and reproductive health and rights of urban poor young women: a qualitative study from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Abstract: In this paper, we present the results of a qualitative study by a non-profit organisation implementing a community-based urban adolescent development programme. The study highlights the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) situation of marginalised young women in a developed state of India. Our findings, based on in-depth interviews with young women and […]

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Rights-Based Knowledge Production in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Introduction: Human rights-based approaches to the creation of knowledge[1] involve application of human rights principles to both the content and process of knowledge creation. Human rights-based approaches have special significance for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of all people, in particular for women and girls, people living with disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, […]

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Virtual and essential – adolescent SRHR in the time of COVID-19

Introduction COVID-19 has had an unprecedented global impact, causing widespread loss in terms of lives and infections, a paralysis of social networks and health systems, and widespread economic shutdowns. The lockdown measures have caused significant disruptions to essential services and supplies, placing immense pressure on global health systems. For sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, […]

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Integrating human rights into sexual and reproductive health research: moving beyond the rhetoric, what will it take to get us there?

This paper is authored by Sofia Gruskin, William Jardell, Laura Ferguson, Kristin Zacharias & Rajat Khosla. It was originally published in Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (Volume 29, 2021 – Issue 1) Abstract The integration of human rights principles in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) research is often recognised to be of value. Good examples […]

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Menstrual health: a definition for policy, practice, and research

This paper by Hennegan et al., (2021) presents a definition of menstrual health developed by the Terminology Action Group of the Global Menstrual Collective. Abstract The term “menstrual health” has seen increased use across advocacy, programming, policy, and research, but has lacked a consistent, self-contained definition. As a rapidly growing field of research and practice a […]

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To Bleed or Not to Bleed? Why We Need to Integrate Menstrual Health in our Sexual and Reproductive Health Work

Menstruation profoundly affects the way women and girls experience life, form their identities and make decisions about their bodies and sexualities. Despite how important menstruation is throughout girls and women’s lives, from the first bleed to menopause, public health organizations and funders working in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) space seem to […]

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