Make gender equality a reality: Sexual and reproductive rights are key aspects of health and well-being for all people

We can't achieve gender equality without having access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). 

SRHR underpin the health and well-being of all Europeans, from access to contraceptives and abortion care, sexual health services, relationships and sexuality education, to being protected from violence and coercion, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. However, access to SRHR varies greatly within and between EU Member States, which is particularly harmful to those in the most vulnerable situations. Furthermore, recent years have seen a rise of coercive movements both within and outside of the EU, with gender equality, women’s rights and reproductive freedom increasingly under attack.

This paper lays down the steps to be taken to counter future such attempts that seek to restrict reproductive freedom and gender equality.