This Eldis Health key issues guide reviews current policy issues and cutting-edge debates relating to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Sexuality has tended to be seen by development agencies as a problem which needs to be controlled rather than as a positive force which can be part of the solution. The guide explores new emerging approaches which recognise SRHR as human rights an end in themselves. These positive approaches recognise that the realisation of sexual rights, including rights to pleasure and fulfilment, underpin all the major health and development goals.
Issues covered include:
- What is meant by SRHR?
- Why SRHR is crucial for meeting international development targets
- Obstacles to realising SRHR: the rise of conservatism
- Talking about pleasure in relation to SRHR
- A more positive approach: linking sexuality, health and human rights
- Summaries of key readings with links to further resources.
Summary written in collaboration with BRIDGE and Siyanda