Across the globe, women are routinely denied the right to take control of their own bodies. They are forced into motherhood against their will or coerced into unwanted sterilization.
The International Day of Action for Women’s Health on 28 May is intended to help address the institutional violence perpetrated against women by countering:
- the denial of access to contraceptives, including emergency contraception;
- the denial of the right to access safe and legal abortion services;
- forced / coerced sterilization; and
- obstetric violence.
This year’s campaign aims to ensure that women’s sexual and reproductive rights are included amongst the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. These rights are currently denied in many countries.
You can get involved by endorsing the International Day of Action for Women’s Health call to action, which urges governments worldwide to “respect, protect and fulfill women’s rights to health, dignity and bodily integrity, and end violence against women in all of its forms.”
You also can help by sharing the hashtag #WomensHealthMatters on 28 May.