Sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Working in collabortion with organizations around the globe to ensure states fulfill their human rights obligations makes a difference in 1000's of lives. At the 33rd session of the United Nations the Sexual Rights Initiative was at the UN Human Rights Council which took place from the 12th to the 30th of September 2016. Here is an overview of resolutions, panel, oral statements and side events related to sexual rights that took place during the session.
The session recap features videos of resolutions, linkages to women's rights within different resolutions, summaries of the panels. Each session the SRI partners work together to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in states around the globe. A webinar, described below and expanded upon further in the report, was delivered to leaders created intersections between human rights and bodily autonomy. Bodily autonomy leads to informed and empowered choice, it is an important issue intersecting with: consent, mental health, healthcare, maternal and child rights, and more.
Ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights are integrated within the UN HRC and clear decisive language is used to extend and defend these rights to all is important work. Bringing the resolutions and recommendations back to each state to hold governments accountable for the fundamental rights to sexual and reproductive health and rights is an important element of the work of the SRI.
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The HRC33 Recap provides information on some of the key sexual rights related:
all of which the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) was engaged with during the session.
Global Action on Safe and Legal Abortion
In recognition of the Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, the panel Global Action on Safe and Legal Abortion shared different country experiences of advocating for safe and legal abortion, highlighted the human rights obligations of States to provide access to safe and legal abortion, and discussed opportunities to utilize HRC mechanisms to affect policy and legal changes at the national level.
What is the HRC?
Created in 2006 to replace the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the Human Rights Council is the foremost international body for the promotion and protection of human rights and can be used to bring substantial pressure on governments to take steps to implement human rights norms. The Human Rights Council is comprised of governments of countries that are members of the United Nations and is an important venue to develop and advance sexual rights as a critical part of the international human rights framework.
Annual half-day discussion on the rights of indigenous peoples
Theme: The causes and consequences of violence against indigenous women and girls, including those with disabilitiesThe panel discussion will be based on a holistic approach to the issue of violence against indigenous women and girls, recognizing that such violence is deeply influenced by ethnicity, gender, and historical factors, and that addressing such violence requires an intersectional approach to human rights.The SRI delivered an oral statement addressing the legacy of colonialism, perpetuated by post-colonial power structures, patriarchy, gender norms and stereotypes and neo-liberal economic policies, which denies indigenous women’s agency, excludes indigenous women from development paradigms and increases vulnerability to violence and abuse.
SRI Side Events
The SRI hosted a specialized training in Geneva wihere the panel articulated the benefits of advancing a holistic and intersectional understanding of bodily autonomy, explored the interlinkages between sexual rights issues affecting bodily autonomy, and encouraged the Human Rights Council to continue to produce contextualized analyses of sexuality and gender in relation to bodily autonomy. Bodily Autonomy & Sexual Rights
The panel articulated the benefits of advancing a holistic and intersectional understanding of bodily autonomy, explored the interlinkages between sexual rights issues affecting bodily autonomy, and encouraged the Human Rights Council to continue to produce contextualized analyses of sexuality and gender in relation to bodily autonomy.
With each session of the HRC we have an opportunites to further protect& guarantee the rights of women and girls, LGBTQI+, marginalized people, and so many more. See our full report here.