Empowering Women and Girls, including SRHR

2 January 2020

RI in cooperation with the UNFPA organized the Plenary Session: Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for women and young persons with disabilities took place in Guangzhou, China.



The purpose of the session was to discuss best practices, key issues and challenges related to:

  • Promoting universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights as a part of universal health coverage for all women and girls
  • Upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health care for women and adolescents with disabilities, including in humanitarian and fragile contexts
  • Ensuring access to education, including comprehensive sexuality equation
  • Ending gender-based violence and harmful practices for women and girls with disabilities, including access to justice for women and girls with disabilities.

A global study from UNFPA reveals that girls and young women with disabilities face up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities. Girls with intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence.

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