Sexual and reproductive health rights in time of crisis

Tarangini Foundation organized a five-day training workshop for Women’s Health Rights Defenders (WHRDs) in Sudurpaschim Province and Madhesh Province to build their capacity and skills in disseminating information about sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) in their local communities. The workshop also included advocacy skills training with a feminist perspective.

Sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well- being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. In general, SRHR focuses on how an individual must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections and that women must have access to skilled health care providers and services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe birth and healthy baby. All these aspects of SRHR are valid however, one needs to understand the feminist perspective on that regard and how during the time of crisis it is women’s sexual and reproductive health affected the most, how SRHR is interconnected with feminism, how our patriarchal society stands as a wall and prevents women from receiving or utilizing all their sexual and reproductive health rights to their utmost level.
With an aim of building capacity and skills of the WHRDs who can further play a huge role in disseminating the related information in the grassroot level of the respective places, regarding SRHR through conceptual pathway along with the provision of advocacy skills with the feminist values, Tarangini Foundation did organize five days training of trainer’s workshop to the participants in Sudurpaschim Province and Madhesh Province respectively.
Through advocacy workshop and SRHR training, we reached 250 people. Tarangini with coordination of WOREC had conducted a Province level advocacy workshop in both the provinces highlighting the current situation of sexual and reproductive health among women and girls, the lack of health facilities at the time of the pandemic was also presented.
The research dissemination had become impactful in our fact-based advocacy where there was the presence of Ministers, representatives of National Human Council, representation of other organizations, rural municipalities and WHRDs. Tarangini had presented a demand letter in front of the authorities demanding the facilities and services that are now to be required in a provincial level in order to secure the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls. To add, Sudurpaschim province is about to have its own health policy which is in the draft phase in which the ministers have committed to inculcate the aspects of sexual and reproductive health rights as well.

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