UNFPA report addresses critical links between human rights, gender inequality and access to sexual and reproductive health

New York (PRESS STATEMENT) The Center for Reproductive Rights commends the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for addressing the links between the realization of human rights, gender equality and access to sexual and reproductive health in its report Unfinished business: The pursuit of rights and choices for all. 

The report emphasizes that women’s and girls’ ability to make choices about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, has significant effects on other areas of her life, including impacts on education, work and sexual violence.  

“Human rights are a critical starting point for the development of policies and programs on sexual and reproductive health because they reflect existing legal obligations of states," said Rebecca Brown, Senior Director of Global Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“UNFPA's report focuses on the elimination of unmet need for contraception, maternal mortality and harmful practices, which are critical. States have a legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfil reproductive rights, therefore, it is imperative that the full range of reproductive rights and the critical advancements that have been made over the past 25 years in law and policy be fully reflected in the agenda for ICPD+25 in Nairobi this November.”