What are the sexual and reproductive rights of women

The sexual and reproductive rights of every woman and girl include in particular:

  • the right to family planning, the right to decide freely whether or when to have children based on an informed decision;
  • the right to health care and health protection during a pregnancy and during delivery;
  • the right to complete care of children;
  • the right to prevention and treatment of sexually transmissible diseases including HIV/AIDS;
  • the right to be free from violence against women and the right to be free from sexual harassment;
  • the right to abortion, health care and health protection after an abortion;
  • the right to access to education and correct information related to sexual and reproductive health.

 

Sexual and reproductive rights belong to basic human rights of women. They also are integral part of other basic human rights, such as:

  • the right to health;
  • the right not to be discriminated against;
  • the right to privacy;
  • the right to be free from torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment;
  • the right to decide freely the number and spacing of children;
  • the right to be free from sexual violence.