Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Sexual and reproductive health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to all aspects of sexuality and reproduction, not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity (World Health Organization definition). Achieving sexual and reproductive health is however, inextricably linked to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive rights, which in most part of the world are not a given.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health inequities around the world and further challenged people’s right to health. This is especially so among the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. The pandemic has also seen an increase in sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls as well as members of the LGBTQI community. It is with this scenario in mind, that in the last few months of 2021, we focused our activities on SRHR.
The stories below have been produced with support from the HJN through SRHR mini grants. We put out a call for story pitches in mid November and received many worthy ideas. Below is a selection of stories based on some of the winning pitches we received. For security reasons, we are protecting the identity of some of the reporters.