From the very early age, consciously or unconsciously, we are tempting for having rights starting from basic rights to luxurious one .On the process of growing up, the right we are ignoring is that right for Sexual and reproductive health. May be we are well-aware about it but we may not be asking for this right or can’t overcome the social taboos just to address the right .Yes, If you are not actually self-conscious about your SRHR, you are, undoubtedly, not caring about your mental heath
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) encompass the right of all individuals to make decisions concerning their sexual activity and reproduction free from discrimination, coercion, and violence. Specifically, access to SRHR ensures individuals are able to choose whether, when, and with whom to engage in sexual activity; to choose whether and when to have children; and to access the information and means to do so.
SRHR includes the right of all persons to:
- Seek, receive, and impart information related to sexuality;
- Receive sexuality education;
- Have respect for bodily integrity;
- Choose their partner;
- Decide to be sexually active or not;
- Have consensual sexual relations;
- Have consensual marriage;
- Decide whether or not, and when, to have children; and
- Pursue a satisfying, safe, and pleasurable sexual life.
Comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services include:
- Contraceptive information and services, including emergency contraception and a range of modern contraceptive methods;
- Maternity care, including antenatal and postnatal care, and delivery care, particularly skilled attendance and emergency obstetric care;
- Prevention and appropriate treatment of infertility;
- Safe abortion and post-abortion care;
- Prevention, care, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, reproductive tract infections, and reproductive cancers;
- Information, education, and counseling; prevention and surveillance of violence against women (VAW), care for survivors of violence; and
- Actions to eliminate harmful traditional practices such as FGM and early and forced marriage
SRH (sexual and reproductive health) services that prevent, diagnose, and treat reproductive cancers can help alleviate the global burden of non-communicable diseases.
- Breast and cervical cancer are leading and often preventable causes of death for women, especially young women, in low- and middle-income countries.12
- More than 500,000 women develop cervical cancer annually leading to 275,000 deaths (95% of them in developing countries).
Needless to say, knowing Sexual and reproductive health and rights is a step forward to develop and create a sustainable world that is just, equitable, and inclusive. If it’s not you , then who? If it’s not now, then when? So, let’s know, address and spread the knowledge on SRHR and secure our good mental and physical health condition