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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SEXUALITY IN THE NEWS
South Africa data shows higher COVID-19 death rates for people with HIV, TB
Devex
Rwanda to release 50 women jailed for having abortions
The Guardian
Families are major source of abuse for gay women, trans people, report says
Reuters
Large HIV testing gap between rich and poor living in African countries
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Kenya's adolescent women left behind as more married women access contraception
Complications of pregnancy and child birth are a leading cause of preventable deaths and ill health among adolescent women in Kenya.MORE
The ‘Cradle Catholic’ promoting family planning in Ghana
Managing fertility is a serious issue in Ghana, where the population has soared to about 30 million, from around 12 million in 1984, and where only 20 percent of reproductive-age women or their partners use a modern family-planning method.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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