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  1. Harmonizing the legal environment for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights: A review of 23 countries in East and Southern Africa

    The study reviews the laws, policies and related frameworks in 23 countries in East and Southern Africa (ESA) that create either impediments to, or an enabling environment for, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. The assessment resulted in the development of a harmonized regional legal framework, which translates international and regional legal provisions into useful strategies. It gives recommendations based on applicable core legal values and principles gleaned from a range of conventions, charters, political commitments, guidelines and declarations. …

  2. An advocate’s guide: strategic indicators for universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights

    This guide was prepared to enable advocates to use data when advocating for universal access to SRHR at the national, regional and global levels. It is a direct outcome of the Strategic SRHR Indicators workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 21-22 August for the project “Strengthening the Networking, Knowledge Management and Advocacy Capacities of an AsiaPacific Network for SRHR” supported by the EU. …

  3. Sexual health, human rights and the law

    This report demonstrates the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health through legal and other mechanisms that are consistent with human rights standards and their own human rights obligations.

  4. Sexual and reproductive health needs and access to services for vulnerable groups in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    This report aims to understand sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs and related policies for three selected vulnerable groups - Roma (men and women), internally displaced people (IDPs) and adolescents - in eight Eastern European and Central Asian countries. The purpose of the study is to contribute to a policy dialogue on focusing national programs on the SRH needs of vulnerable groups.

  5. HIV/AIDS vulnerabilities, discrimination, and service accessibility among Africa’s youth: Insights from a multi-country study

    Africa’s young people aged 15–24 are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. The impact of the epidemic on young people calls for close attention to the youth dimensions of the epidemic. To inform the development of more effective policies for targeting youth and meeting their needs, the Population Council and partners conducted a study of HIV risk-taking and health-seeking behaviors among young people in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda. …

  6. New outcomes for sexual health promotion

    Numerous definitions of sexual health have been developed over the past few years. Perhaps the best known and most widely accepted of them is the World Health Organization’s (WHO) working definition, which reads as follows: ". . . a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. …

  7. Understanding young people and the law in Asia and the Pacific

    This issue of HEADLIGHT is based on the report Young people and the law in Asia and the Pacific, which was published by UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, and Youth Lead in 2013. In this brief we will focus especially on the issues in the report which affect access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services (SRH) by young MSM and young TG, especially those under 18.

  8. International, African and country legal obligations on women's equality in relation to sexual and reproductive health including HIV and AIDS

    The lack of universal access to women's reproductive health services has contributed to the collective failure to be on target to achieve the MDGs by 2015. This is part and parcel of the failure to secure Universal Access by 2010 and is a major factor in the high burden of HIV and AIDS on the African continent. …

  9. Diagnóstico Sobre la Oferta de Servicios de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva en Adolescentes

    Estudio y evaluación de los servicios de salud sexual y reproductiva para adolescentes en Perú. Se caracteriza a este grupo en particular en Perú y se describe el marco legal y de derechos existente en el país. Además se analiza la percepción de los adolescentes respecto a los servicios ofrecidos y se entrega una tabla sumaria con la legislación al respecto deávarios países de Sudamérica.

  10. Balance político normativo sobre el acceso de las y los adolescentes a los servicios de salud sexual, salud reproductiva y prevención del VIH-Sida

    La finalidad de este documento consiste en presentar los resultados del balance realizado por UNFPA de la Ley General de Salud de Perú y el Código Penal, el cual contiene el análisis de los obstáculos y vacíos que presenta el marco político normativo nacional e internacional, así como los avances y desafíos referidos al acceso de las y los adolescentes a estos servicios. Asimismo, se presentan las posibles rutas que se deben seguir para lograr los cambios deseados en la legislación vigente. …

  11. Considerations for formulating reproductive health laws

    This discussion paper elaborates how laws can be developed in order to improve protection of reproductive and sexual health, and how they can be applied to facilitate the availability of reproductive health services. Legal principles are examined, including those governing free and informed decision-making, privacy and confidentiality, the competent delivery of services and the use of conscientious objectives.

  12. Reproductive rights of young girls and adolescents in Russia: a shadow report

    The report presents the legal status and real-life situation of female adolescents in Russia. The purpose of the shadow report is to supplement teh report of the government on reproductive health issues.

  13. Reproductive health, gender & rights in Mongolia

    The report provides an in-depth review of the legal environment in Mongolia with regards to a wide variety of issues related to reproductive health and gender, e.g., access to health services, maternity and fertility, marriage and divorce, HIV/AIDS, confidentiality, access to contraceptives, etc.

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