A conversation needs to be started regarding the sexual and reproductive rights of migrant women.
There are a set of rules, policies, and activities in every country that affect Sexual and reproductive wellbeing and rights. They may contribute to the provision of sexual and reproductive health information and education, and/or to the regulation of access to family planning and other essential services for reproductive and sexual health.
Unfortunately, certain rules, regulations, or procedures in specific countries frequently hinder, restrict or forbid the enjoyment of personal and reproductive freedom.
Some governments intervene and obstruct the enjoyment of these rights, or adversely affect them. In many cases, the denial of sexual or reproductive freedom leads to a breach of human rights under international law if a country has signed treaties respecting those rights.
In other cases, the obstruction is a social and cultural one. However, this usually happens where there is little to no accountability in such countries that have a lower sentence to "crimes of honor" or "crimes of passion" to this day.
For women migrating from these intervening governments to democratic ones, the transition can be difficult and at times extremely shocking. Therefore, knowledge of their rights, whether human or sexual and reproductive, is key for them to fully realize their integration.
This is a part of our effort to provide the information, regardless of how basic, to migrant and refugee women within Kudwa Network.
Furthermore, we will be providing trainings and workshops with regards to this important issue.
Campana, A. (2017). Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.gfmer.ch/srr/Spain.htm
IPPF. (2003). IPPF CHARTER GUIDELINES ON SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. https://www.ippf.org/sites/default/files/ippf_charter_on_sexual_and_reproductive_rights_guidlines.pdf