International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2018

Tanuja Bisht

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Every year, on May 28, is celebrated as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, since 1987. Women’s rights advocates and their allies work for the Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) around the world.


Every year, women, girls, advocates and allies continue to act and defend reproductive and sexual rights as part of the other human rights.


Now, at a time when human rights, and in particular the sexual and reproductive rights of women around the world, is continuing to be systematically violated, mobilization within and outside the communities that remains fundamental for preventing any regression of our sexual and cultural rights reproductive justice for all.


As the global geopolitical context threatens to become increasingly regressive, it is more important than ever that any attempt to curtail women’s rights, including our human rights, freely decide all aspects of our bodies, our sexuality and of our kind, discrimination, and violence.


International Day of Action for Women’s Health is a special day where women’s health is central.


It is, therefore, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women’s health and to remind health ministries, presidents, governors, and parliamentarians as well as international agencies and for-profit companies of their commitment to health, wellness, and well-being of women.


It was also the platform of the advocacy campaign to recognize the concepts of sexuality, sexual rights and reproductive rights and health frameworks at the national, regional and international levels.


Examples of the success of thousands of voices heard today are the recognition of the International Day by various governments, authorities and civil society around the world.




Following Are Some of the Main Areas Where the Need is Required Regarding Women’s Safety on the Occasion of International Day of Action for Women’s Health:


1. Denial of the right to safe and legal abortion:

The systemic rejection of women’s right to access safe and legal abortion services and/or the criminalization of abortion is one of the most serious examples of institutional violence in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights.



2. Forced or forced sterilizations:

Forced and compulsory sterilizations are serious violations of human rights and medical ethics and constitute acts of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment as recognized by human rights organizations.


However, women around the world have been forced or forced by medical personnel to undergo permanent and irreversible sterilization procedures.



3. Obstetric violence:

The birth-related violence is a specific type of violation of women’s rights, including the rights to equality, protection against discrimination, integrity, information, health, and reproductive autonomy.


It usually occurs in medical practice during pregnancy, postpartum, and childbirth care as well as is a considered as an institutional and gender-based violence.



4. Refusal of access to contraceptives, including emergency contraception:

Restrictions on access to contraception and abortion threaten women’s basic human rights in terms of life, health, and equality.


Every woman has the right to decide when and if she wants to have a child. Preventing access to contraception, emergency contraception, and safe abortion services is a good example of institutional violence.

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