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We have four priority programme areas. All our actions are strategically focused on specific aspects of SRHR, which we believe are priorities for WGNRR, its network members and allies.
Sexual Rights for all people
People of diverse sexualities and gender identities continue to be denied the rights that are afforded to heterosexuals, such as the right to marry, inherit or start a family. More worrying is the rise of hate crimes experienced by those of diverse sexual or gender identities, sometimes encouraged and even sanctioned by church and State.
WGNRR works closely with sex workers organisations to defend and promote the human rights of sex workers. Women with disabilities are often denied sexual rights with little recognition of their right to sexual pleasure. We seek to support and strengthen their actions through Human Rights advocacy and campaigning and by developing appropriate protection systems, led by their priorities and strategies.
Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Young People
Nearly 1.8 billion of the world’s population is aged between 15 and 24 years and 85% of these live in developing countries. This group has specific unmet needs and the right to social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about their gender, bodies and sexuality.
We believe that comprehensive SRHR awareness programming that is gender-sensitive, non-discriminatory and particularly relevant to young people’s lives should be integrated into school curricula, in non-formal community-based education programmes, and specific initiatives developed for marginalised, out-of-school youth. WGNRR strengthens and supports youth leadership in SRHR, specifically looks at developing young women’s leadership within the membership; and pushes for the creation of meaningful spaces and focus on young peoples’ SRHR.
Access to Contraceptives
Worldwide over 33 million people are living with HIV, and there are 340 million cases of curable STIs each year (World Health Organization). One in six married women are estimated to have an unmet need for family planning, meaning they want to postpone their next pregnancy or stop having children but they are not using a an appropriate or effective method of contraception.
WGNRR advocates for voluntary, rights based contraceptive services as a human right. WGNRR continues to participate in the review process for ICPD +20 and facilitates inputs from grassroots member organisations. We work with allies via Conference on Population and Development (CPD) Listserves and working groups, to ensure rights based language is central to the new development architecture including environmental agendas. We will continue to advocate against forced sterilisation and non-rights based population control agendas.
Access to Safe and Legal Abortion
40% of women of childbearing age live in countries with highly restrictive abortion laws and one in ten pregnancies end in an unsafe abortion; meaning every seven minutes a woman dies as a result. In most countries abortion is allowed on certain grounds, but frequently stigma results in misinformation and incorrect interpretation of the legal position by both services providers and women seeking services.
Together with our members and allies, WGNRR advocates defending existing legislation, challenge restrictive laws and policies and advocating for decriminalisation of abortion across the globe. We developed an abortion advocacy toolkit that builds capacity and knowledge around abortion, policy analysis, and rights-based advocacy. We we carry out capacity building workshops on access to safe abortion in various countries. We also formally adopted a policy position on informed access to safe, legal, and affordable abortion. As access to abortion remains a stigmatised, neglected issue; it continues to be central to WGNRR.
The Next Three Years: 2013-2016
WGNRR will be networking, mobilising and campaigning with our members and allies, nationally, regionally and globally on these key programme areas. We will support capacity development through knowledge sharing and skills development, and place an emphasis on supporting and enhancing rights based policy analysis and advocacy at national level.
Together we will strive for to support change at the global and local levels, utilizing Human Rights Frameworks, and international agreements such as ICPD PoA, MDGs, and Beijing Platform for Action and strongly articulate the demand that SRHR must be central to any new development agendas. We will promote sexual and reproductive rights as human rights and support the use of HR monitoring and reporting mechanisms to highlight SRHR violations and to hold governments and policy makers accountable to their HR obligations.
We seek to make alliances with those working in the field and use our position as a global network to begin a dialogue within the SRHR movement to identify the issues, the challenges and develop a position for WGNRR using our reproductive justice lens. We also seek to enhance our relationships with organisations working with disabled women, develop a deeper understanding of the SRHR issues they face and adapt of advocacy tools and strategies to promote and defend their human rights. We will also start developing a common strategy and position on SRHR and WLHIV, and jointly promote the needs for alignment within women’s SRHR movement.