In 1995 the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing) Platform for Action put forward the groundbreaking concept that the right of women to control their sexuality—the basis for sexual rights—is an indivisible part of their human rights, and that without it, women cannot fully realize their other human rights. This notion has been reaffirmed at several subsequent international meetings, but in practice, few countries' laws and policies provide women with effective protection against coercion, discrimination, and violence, and fundamentalist states and movements all over the world consistently target women's sexual and reproductive autonomy.
Our resources on human rights and sexuality include articles on violence against women, as well as the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, sex workers, and other populations whose bodily autonomy is threatened by laws and policies that impact how they express their sexualities.
Browse our resources on human rights and sexuality below.
Written By Whitney WelshimerTuesday, 01 June 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionMonday, 10 May 2004
Newsweek, May 10, 2004
By Kati MartonWomen suffer countless disadvantages compared with men. Even after decades of progress, we make up two thirds of the world's 880 million illiterate adults, and up to 70 percent of its poorest citizens. But health remains the cruelest of all inequalities. Click here to read the full text of the article.
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 14 April 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 01 April 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSaturday, 14 February 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionSunday, 01 February 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 15 January 2004
The International Conference on Population and Development: What the Programme of Action Really SaysWritten By International Women's Health CoalitionThursday, 01 January 2004
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionTuesday, 14 October 2003
Written By International Women's Health CoalitionWednesday, 09 July 2003
International Herald Tribune, July 9, 2003
By Kati Marton and Adrienne Germain
Across the African subcontinent, almost 60 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS are girls and women. In South Africa, women are dying at such a rate that the entire gender balance is being altered—from near parity to a ratio of 120 males to every 100 females. The implications of the feminization of AIDS are huge—for caregiving, the health and wholeness of families, social stability, policies and programs.
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