We are happy to share that we successfully completed a global consultation process among women activists and leaders which began in Nairobi in late 2019 in response to the call for submissions from the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls (Working Group) on the theme of women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in contexts of crisis. The process include an in person meeting in Kathmandu in January 2020 and online consultations for activists in Latin American and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Africa from July to September. With the input gathered from the process, we prepared a submission for the Working Group in October 2020. We will share an executive summary soon.
Our contribution delves into women and girls’ experiences with accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights in situations of crisis, including during armed conflicts, natural disasters, and health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The document details trends and challenges, promising practices for mitigating and responding to crises, and recommendations to States’ Parties.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our regional partners: Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD), Women’s Human Rights Education Institute (WHRI), Arab Institute for Women (AIW) and Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), and the activists from 35 countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, El Salvador, Egypt, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania.
In July 2021, the Working Group will present its thematic report before the Human Rights Council (HRC). Share your ideas with us about how you would like FAR to support the implementation of the recommendations in the upcoming report.