|Campaign for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights|
Despite recent advances in promoting sexual and reproductive rights in international policies, many countries still lack the political will and institutional stability to guarantee such rights. In Latin America, the Catholic Church wields significant influence over public policy and opinion and can undermine the recognition of sexual and reproductive rights.
The Campaign for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights is working to create an international treaty on sexual and reproductive rights, following the example of The Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women in 1994, which prompted many countries in Latin America to adopt national laws to stop violence against women. The Campaign for an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights sees a treaty on sexual and reproductive rights as an important step in fostering progressive national legislation and policy. The Campaign has built national alliances in nine countries towards this goal and engaged and trained new allies to disseminate its campaign messages. Currently, the Campaign is working to integrate indigenous and Afro-descendent voices into their work, by organizing awareness-raising activities and creating materials for indigenous groups.
IWHC began supporting work toward an Inter-American Convention on Sexual and Reproductive Rights in 2001, including through collaboration with long-time partner CLADEM.