As parties to various international human rights treaties, governments have an obligation to end violence against women in all its forms, including institutional violence. They can do so by ensuring that national laws and policies are consistent with international human rights norms and eliminating stigma, discrimination and other structural barriers that women face when seeking sexual and reproductive health services.
Governments can also reaffirm their commitment to ending institutional violence at the international level. The intergovernmental negotiations that are currently taking place at the United Nations will define the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will inform future development policies, programs and funding at international, regional and national levels. Now is the time to call upon governments to position SRHR at the center of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as they are integral to ensuring that the agenda is truly universally-relevant and transformative.
Join me in endorsing the campaign’s Call for Action, which urges governments worldwide to respect, protect and fulfill women’s right to health, dignity and bodily integrity, and to end violence against women in all its forms. And spread the word by sharing the hashtags #May28 and #WomensHealthMatters today!
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