The Sexual Rights Initiative is a coalition of national and regional organizations based in Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina, and South Africa that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations.

 

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Resource collection - July 02
At the SRI we decided to take a closer look at what happened during 2020. The COVID-19 crisis presents devastating and costly moments of national and global reckoning. Despite calls - and in some cases commitments - to ‘build back better’ by state and non-state actors, it is clear that there isn’t agreement on what ‘better’ is. Building back better ought to mean not "back" to the business of relentless growth regardless of the planet's capacity, back to the "better" objectification of workers into resources, the commodification of every relationship, and the "creative destruction" that characterizes neoliberalism.

The effect on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the long term may well be far worse than the dire predictions of global institutions, as states turn inwards, multilateralism is sacrificed for national or ethnic benefit, and social justice struggles face an unprecedented setback. While our analysis too will continue to evolve, the trends and events in the fields of SRHR, both heartening and alarming, require immediate attention.

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- July 02

As the events related to the pandemic unfolded over 2020, the partners of the Sexual Rights Initiative sought to capture some of the key developments in sexual and reproductive rights – from restrictive measures and moral policing to the force of protests rocking many parts of the world.   

Halfway through 2021, as we struggle with the increasing polarization of the world along established colonial and class lines, we would like to gather to both share information and perspectives and to collectively develop strategies for continuing to fight for sexual and reproductive rights in different regional and national contexts as well as globally.

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The SRI has developed several databases to assist advocates, policy-makers, UN agencies, and diplomats in their sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy at national and international levels.

 

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