Centering Human Rights in the Response to Zika

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Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, this statement calls for a human rights-based approach to the Zika epidemic. It identifies states' obligations to respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all impacted by the Zika virus—including the reproductive rights of pregnant and parenting women, and the rights of persons with disabilities—while emphasizing the need to prioritize populations disproportionately affected by the virus as a result of social and economic marginalization. A rights-based response to Zika ensures that women have the information and services necessary to make the reproductive decisions that are best for them and their families, and it ensures that all women and families have adequate social and economic supports to thrive.

Source: Center for Reproductive Rights