From need to rights to justice: building better sexual and reproductive health and rights in crises

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services are lifesaving and life-affirming in humanitarian crises of all kinds – but even as the needs for these services rise, financial and political commitment are both in decline. Research and practice on SRHR in humanitarian settings has improved significantly over the past 30 years, but substantial gaps remain in the availability of a comprehensive set of SRHR services as well as in coverage for ‘hard-to-reach’ marginalised populations including displaced people, youth, people with disabilities, people engaged in transactional sex or sex work, and people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions and characteristics (SOGIESC). Amidst anti-rights backlash and shrinking funding pots, however, many humanitarian actors and the funders that support them are heading ‘back to basics’ – and to limited, needs-based and short-term approaches to humanitarian SRHR – in an attempt to maintain their neutrality and limit the scope of humanitarian action. This panel will explore the additional health needs, protection risks and harms that are generated when a needs lens overrides rights, positing bodily autonomy and reproductive justice as models for overcoming barriers and fomenting more effective, inclusive and accessible humanitarian SRHR. Panellists will tackle questions concerning overlooked, forgotten or marginalised groups, discuss the nature of SRHR gaps and their impact on health and wellbeing and explore political backlash against SRHR in the humanitarian sphere. Additionally, the panel aims to investigate operational challenges for implementing comprehensive SRHR.

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