Sexual health and rights under pressure: resistance and challenges

19th  April 2023, Bern, Switzerland.

Medicus Mundi Switzerland In countries around the world, sexual and reproductive rights are under pressure and the right to self-determination especially of women is threatened. In some regions, religious fundamentalists are even mobilising against sexual and reproductive rights. 

Moreover, there is a movement in various political milieus to question LGBTQIA+ communities and women’s rights, including the right to abortion. This calls into question fundamental human rights that are central to ensuring sexual and reproductive health.

The MMS Conference will discuss the challenges facing international health cooperation and document how women, men, and LGBTQIA+ communities are fighting back.

Progress has been made in recent years through increased access to and use of contraception, resulting in a decline in the global rate of unintended pregnancies. But despite global commitments such as the 2030 Agenda (SDGs) and the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development, there are still large disparities in access to contraceptive and abortion care between countries and especially for marginalized communities.

Access to the full range of quality sexual and reproductive health care is still not guaranteed, and the lack of access to safe, timely, affordable, and respectful abortion care is a critical public health and human rights issue. Pro-life movements, political action against gender equity and enforced discrimination of people based on their sexual orientation are threatening sexual and reproductive health of people around the world.

The MMS Conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights will explore what the drivers are behind these developments and how they are linked. It will reflect on the role of the international health cooperation in addressing these trends.

The key questions addressed in this conference:

  • What are the drivers behind the pro-life movement and the attacks on sexual and reproductive rights?
  • What are the consequences on public health of these attacks?
  • What are strategies to strengthen sexual and reproductive rights in a hostile environment?
  • What needs to be done that people no longer face discrimination and stigmatisation regarding their SRHR in health care facilities and that their human dignity is respected?

Programme will be available soon

Target audience: national and international Public Health professionals, project leaders, researchers and all those who are interested.

General Information

Date: 19th April 2023

Hotel Kreuz, Bern
Zeughausgasse 41
CH-3011 Bern


Further Information:
Andréa Rajman, Network Medicus Mundi Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)22 920 08 08

For more information and detailed program visit the website.

Published in GI-Mail 03/2023 (English edition).

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