RESURJ is an international
alliance of feminist activists seeking full implementation of
international commitments to secure all women’s and young people’s
sexual and reproductive rights and health by 2015.
“RESURJ by 2015″ is a 10-point action agenda
that places women’s and young people’s human rights, particularly
sexual and reproductive rights, participation in decision-making, and
accountability at the center of health programs and development efforts.
Download the action agenda as a PDF in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Arabic.
RESURJ calls on all decision-makers to:
- Expand decision-making opportunities for women and young people by
ensuring their meaningful participation in all stages of design,
monitoring and implementation of sexual and reproductive rights policies
and programs at national, regional and international levels.
- Prioritize sexual and reproductive rights in health systems strengthening and development programs
so that integrated, high-quality services are available, accessible,
and acceptable to all women and young people, particularly those most
underserved. These services include comprehensive information on
sexuality and contraception services and supplies (including emergency
contraception, post exposure prophylaxis, male and female condoms);
pregnancy care (antenatal and post natal care, skilled birth attendance,
referral systems, and emergency obstetric care); safe abortion
services and post-abortion care; access to assisted reproductive
technologies; prevention, treatment, and care of sexually transmitted
infections and HIV; prevention, treatment and care of reproductive
- Guarantee universal access to this package of essential sexual and reproductive health services
by providing sufficient and sustainable financing to achieve the
training, deployment, and retention of necessary health workers; ensure
equitable access and good quality services; free or subsidized care
for those in need; and monitoring of potential disparities through
regular collection and analysis of sex- and age- disaggregated data.
- Protect women’s and young people’s human rights in sexual and reproductive health programs by
guaranteeing that services are designed to respond to individual’s
health needs and overcome barriers faced by marginalized groups,
including through service provision that is free from stigma, coercion,
discrimination and violence, based on full and informed consent, and
that affirms the right to pleasure. Programs must ensure respect for
women’s and adolescents’ privacy and confidentiality in accessing
services, and their capacity to make free and informed choices regarding
their sexual and reproductive lives from childhood to old age in all
their diversiy; and pay special attention to marginalized groups of
women and adolescents, including those with disabilities, living with
HIV and AIDS, and of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Create and sustain comprehensive, objective, and accurate
sexuality education and information that is accessible and affirming
for all children and youth in and out of schools.
Comprehensive sexuality education programs promote sexual and
reproductive rights, gender equality, self-empowerment, knowledge of
the body, bodily integrity and autonomy, and relationship skills
development; are free of gender stereotypes, discrimination, and
stigma; and are respectful of children’s and adolescents’ evolving
capacities to make choices about their sexual and reproductive lives.
- Allocate funds targeted to HIV that protect and empower women and young people.
In particular, guarantee funding for the provision of comprehensive
sexual and reproductive health services that include comprehensive
sexuality education; prevention, counseling, voluntary testing,
treatment and care of HIV, as well as other sexually transmitted
infections and reproductive cancers; and universal access to female and
male condoms, microbicides and other women-initiated prevention
technologies and vaccines.
- Ensure that intellectual property agreements support states’ obligations to uphold the human rights of women and young people.
Governments must make use of all trade-related intellectual property
rights (TRIPS) flexibilities to ensure that intellectual property rights
rules do not adversely affect individuals’ access to medicines, and
generic medicines in particular, as well as other prevention
- Foster an enabling environment for the realization of women’s and young people’s sexual and reproductive rights by guaranteeing
women’s and young people’s economic, social, cultural, civil, and
political rights; removing all structural, legal, and social barriers to
the enjoyment of these rights; guaranteeing other underlying
determinants of health (such as good nutrition, and access to clean
water and sanitation); and achieving gender equality.
- Strengthen transparency and ensure the establishment of
effective monitoring and accountability mechanisms for health and
education programs at the local, national, regional and international
levels that are supported politically and financially.
Monitoring and accountability mechanisms must adopt a systemic and
sustained human rights approach, provide effective remedies and redress
to rights holders when sexual and reproductive rights are violated,
and lead to the constant improvement of existing programs and
- Guarantee that financing for development is sustainable and
harmonized among donors and multilateral agencies and that sexual and
reproductive rights and health programs are prioritized.
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