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Young People's Rights

New U.N. Report Links Adolescent Pregnancy to Human Rights Failures, Calls on States to Address Range of Contributing Issues

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights commended the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today for linking adolescent pregnancy to an underlying failure to fulfill young women’s human rights in its new flagship report…

United Nations: Women Living in War-Torn Countries Need Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services

(PRESS RELEASE) Acknowledging the devastating impact of sexual violence, particularly when it is used as a weapon of war on women, this week two United Nations bodies—the UN Security Council and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee)—took action…

European Parliament Postpones Vote For Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) In a 351 to 319 vote Tuesday, members of the European Parliament delayed the adoption of a report calling on all European Union members to improve women’s ability to get essential services such as contraception and safe abortion services, as well as comprehensive sexuality…

Child Marriage in South Asia: Stop the Impunity (Press Release)

(PRESS RELEASE) Despite international and local laws clearly condemning child marriage, South Asian countries refuse to address this illegal practice which could lead to a projected 130 million young girls married against their will by 2030, according to a new publication by…

Childhood Discarded

At a time when girls in many countries are thinking about their math homework or planning their next birthday party, Rahar Maya Biswokarma was trying to understand what it meant to be married at the age of 10…

Child Marriage in South Asia: Stop the Impunity

A new report calls on the governments in South Asia to stop the human rights crisis that is child marriage.

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Forced Out

Think back to your teenage years—the angst of “fitting in” or of capturing the attention of your latest crush…

New Report: Tanzania Forces Girls to Undergo Invasive Pregnancy Tests, Expels Pregnant Students

(PRESS RELEASE) Adolescent girls in Tanzania are routinely—and often without warning—subjected to invasive, mandatory pregnancy testing, which has led to more than 55,000 pregnant students expelled or forced to drop out of school in the last decade, according to a new report from the Center…

Forced Out: Mandatory Pregnancy Testing and the Expulsion of Pregnant Students in Tanzanian Schools

The Center for Reproductive Rights’ Global Legal Program’s newest publication, Forced Out: Mandatory Pregnancy Testing and the Expulsion of Pregnant Students in Tanzanian Schools, documents the forced pregnancy testing and expulsion of pregnant school girls in mainland Tanzania…

Our Work in Focus

The Monitoring Tool provides a means to monitor the implementation of specific State obligations in the field of reproductive rights…
In July 2011, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) urged the governments of Nepal, Costa Rica, and Zambia to improve their record on reproductive rights…
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”…
In their efforts to make abortion inaccessible to as many women as possible, anti-choice forces have focused on burdening minors' access to abortion…