UN must not duck women’s sexual and reproductive rights in new agenda

May 15, 2013 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, Daily Email Recap

UN must not duck women’s sexual and reproductive rights in new agenda

Backlash from conservatives against women’s rights must not prevent their inclusion in development goals, conference told

See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/may/10/un-women-sexual-reproductive-rights

Explicit references to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights must appear in any new set of development targets, and the UN panel producing a first draft must be bold and seek real change, a conference of parliamentarians heard on Thursday.

Baroness Glenys Kinnock, honorary co-president of the Labour Campaign for International Development and a former MEP, told the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development that women should be listened to, so that their needs – rather than what NGOs and governments think they need – are met. She criticised moves by conservatives, such as some members of the G77 group of developing countries and the Holy See, for trying to block progress for women.

Kinnock criticised the lack of reference to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in the millennium development goals (MDGs) when they were launched in 2000. It wasn’t until 2007 that references to family planning were included in MDG five.

“We have to ask how it can be that women are half the world’s population but make up 70% of the world’s poor,” she told the forum, a network of MPs interested in protecting women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/may/10/un-women-sexual-reproductive-rights

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