Sexual and reproductive health and rights: a crucial agenda for the post-2015 framework
Why must sexual and reproductive health and rights form essential priorities in the post-2015 framework? This report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) provides a global picture on access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and highlights implications for human development and economic growth. SRHR is directly related to girls’ education, future earnings and economic participation; SRHR is critical for the fulfilment of human rights related to sex, reproduction, family life, and economic and social participation.
The report sheds light on regional advocacy challenges and opportunities, stressing the importance of the topic in regard to the sustainable development goals. Furthermore, IPPF emphasises that it is fundamental for the new global development agenda to consider young people’s voices and needs, such as youth-friendly reproductive health services, contraceptive commodity security, comprehensive sexuality education and the involvement of young people in policy making.
For the post-2015 framework, IPPF calls for:
- A stand-alone goal on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment. Including universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, elimination of violence against women and girls, and gender-based violence, legal equality for women, and women’s equal participation in public life and decision making.
- Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a target under a goal on health. Supplemented by an ask for sexual and reproductive health services to be explicitly included in the essential package of services under Universal Health Coverage.
- Gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights to be mainstreamed through all other goals. All other goals to have specific targets that support sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality.
- All targets and indicators to be disaggregated by age, sex, educational background, economic quintile, geographic region, ethnic group and other relevant characteristics. Good governance and strong accountability systems must underpin these goals, alongside sufficient resourcing for achieving the goals.