Impact of Restrictive IVF Policies on Comprehensive Cancer Care
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Blog
by Jessica Mackinnon
4d ago
By Bridget Kelly, Bhakthi Sahgal, and Ornsiree Junchaya What’s more distressing: a cancer diagnosis or grappling with the devastating infertility resulting from the treatment? For many, it’s the fertility loss. Thankfully, newly diagnosed cancer patients in Alabama are still able to access fertility preservation services after Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill last month protecting IVF providers in response to the state’s Supreme Court decision that granted legal personhood to frozen embryos. While many now can breathe a sigh of relief, it doesn’t do much to reduce the pressure of a hostile reproduc ..read more
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International Transgender Day of Visibility
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by Jessica Mackinnon
1w ago
March 31 is celebrated as the International Transgender Day of Visibility every year, to raise awareness on the discrimination and struggles faced by transgender people, and to celebrate their contributions to society. Although the transgender movement has grown considerably over the last few decades, there remain several challenges, including pushback by anti-trans groups and right-wing political actors, that undermine the rights of transgender people, making them more prone to discrimination, poor health, and violence. This has serious negative consequences for the transgender community, esp ..read more
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The (feminist) joy of abortion work
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by Jessica Mackinnon
2w ago
By Laura Hurley Laura Hurley is Communications Lead at the Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF), a global fund dedicated to safe abortion. The original version of this blogpost can be found on the SAAF website: https://saafund.org/the-feminist-joy-of-abortion-work  Abortion is so often depicted as something traumatic, sad, unfortunate. Even those who fully support access to abortion can have a tendency to ‘apologise’ for it, and focus on negative situations to justify the need for safe services. Certainly, many people around the world face incredibly difficult situations due to the restr ..read more
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Breaking the Silence: Empowering Women with Disabilities in Uganda’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Landscape
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by Jessica Mackinnon
1M ago
By Rupankar Dey Rupankar holds a Master’s in Development Studies from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has worked as a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) researcher for Liliane Fonds, a Dutch NGO dedicated to disability rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Published on International Women’s Day 2024 In Uganda, many women with disabilities face big challenges when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health. They’re often ignored or overlooked because they’re women, they have disabilities, and society doesn’t always think they should have a say in their own sexual health. Even thoug ..read more
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Battling Misinformation and Disinformation: SRHR in the Digital Age
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by Jessica Mackinnon
1M ago
On 25 January 2024, SRHM and the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health hosted a webinar entitled “Battling Misinformation and Disinformation: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Digital Age,”. Technology, social media, and digital health interventions have the potential to play positive and transformative roles in addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Increasingly, however, digital spaces are rife with misinformation and disinformation, intersecting closely with barriers in access to/control over technology, digital literacy, and online safety. This one-h ..read more
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Standing up to attacks on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
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by Jessica Mackinnon
2M ago
UN agencies and medical professional associations coming together to build support and to stand up to attacks on Comprehensive Sexuality Education Dr Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli Eight years into the Sustainable Development Goals era, there is strong global support for many areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) including addressing maternal mortality, reducing unintended pregnancies in married couples, and eliminating violence against women and girls. In some other areas, however, there is highly visible, better resourced, and better organized opposition to many aspects of Sex ..read more
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Upcoming funding opportunity on addressing neglected areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights
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by Jessica Mackinnon
2M ago
By Montasser Kamal on behalf of IDRC Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are foundational to people living full healthy lives. When people access quality SRHR information and services, and have decision-making power to exercise their rights, they can effectively contribute to their well-being and that of their families and communities. Opportunities to realize improved SRHR are complicated by the impacts of emerging and existing infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, and the direct and indirect effects of climate change, on already weak health and education systems. Such pressures ..read more
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Reclaiming African Leadership to end FGM/C
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Blog
by Jessica Mackinnon
2M ago
Written by Maïmouna Balde Bah, Research Fellow, Population Council Inc, Nairobi, Kenya Growing up in Guinea, where FGM/C is widespread, dissenting voices against the practice were scarce, and typically originating from “outside”. By exploring the history of the fight against FGM/C, my aim is to inspire African changemakers to reclaim the legacy of past generations. Celebrating past initiatives led by Africans will strengthen their rightful role as leaders in the forefront of continuous endeavors to enable change in their communities and beyond. The Africa-Led Movement to End Female Genital Mut ..read more
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End of year message 2023
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by Jessica Mackinnon
3M ago
Dear SRHR and SRHM community, We are most grateful for all the support and solidarity that the SRHR community has provided to SRHM over this year. Due to this support we are celebrating our renewed commitment to provide thought leadership in the SRHR field. Today, as the field faces challenges that threaten to turn back progress in securing sexual and reproductive rights of this and future generations, SRHM stands even stronger by its mission. This is due to your support, unprecedented solidarity, partnership and collaborative hard work. We wish you a peaceful festive season and look forward t ..read more
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Digital Justice and Sexual and Reproductive health and rights
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Blog
by Jessica Mackinnon
4M ago
What measures are needed to safegueard human rights for SRH in the digital space? Which mechanisms can advance legal, social and health systems accountability?  The webinar, held on 6 December 2023, brought conversations together around evidence and policy considerations for a strong call for the adoption of social justice and rights-based frameworks related to the development, adoption, and implementation of digital technologies for the advancement of SRHR. We heard from expert authors of the SRHM issue, Digital Technology and SRHR. This webinar formed part of the Gender ..read more
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