Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental human rights
By Jenny Ohlsson
Published : December 10, 2018
On Human Rights Day 2018, I would like to put the spotlight on the many women that die every year because some of their most fundamental human rights are not respected.
I would also like to convey my sympathies to the many daughters, sons, mothers, fathers and siblings that has lost, and will lose, a loved one. But also to our societies that will continue to lose so many brilliant minds and changemakers – all in vain – unless we implement the necessary reforms. Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are not only human rights, but a matter of life and death.
Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
Published: 15 July 2017
Since his election in November, 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government has promised forward-looking health policies. Canada has always been seen as a global citizen in health, international affairs, and foreign aid, but under Stephen Harper’s Conservative Government (2006–15), credibility was questioned as he tilted Canada’s development programme for health and overseas aid priorities to align with trade goals, and his flagship Muskoka Initiative for maternal and child health ignored women’s reproductive health rights.
The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next 5 years, directed at women’s organisations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. 95% of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children.
Continued at source: The Lancet: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31860-3/fulltext