Violence against Women and Reproductive Rights in the Americas

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The numerous forms of violence that are committed against women pose an obstacle to their individual development, violate their rights, and limit their freedoms. Violence against women blocks the full development of their capacities and autonomy, and limits their public, economic, social, and political participation. From sexual violence to domestic violence, violence against women is linked to sexual and reproductive health and rights. For instance, an estimated 1.68 million women in the Americas are raped each year, but only eight countries in the region allow abortion in cases of rape and two have a total ban on emergency contraception. In general, Latin American and Caribbean countries have some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws and policies in the world, from access to information to access to basic health services. The Center’s fact sheet “Violence against Women and Reproductive Rights in the Americas” aims to position reproductive rights, particularly in the context of sexual violence and violence against women, including pregnancy among adolescents, as a key priority among the region’s states.