Sexual and reproductive healthcare in emergencies saves lives – just like food, water and shelter. Activists, parliamentarians and humanitarian actors discuss best practices and remaining gaps for upholding the right to sexual and reproductive health information and services in humanitarian settings.
Dr. Kanem’s visit is her first to Canada as the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA.
Canada and UNFPA have worked in partnership for 50 years within development and humanitarian contexts to address sexual and reproductive health and rights; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; and ending child, early and forced marriage.
In 2016, Canada was a top donor to UNFPA’s humanitarian operations in the Middle East, providing essential reproductive health needs to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. While Canada and other donors continue to support greater access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, 89 million unintended pregnancies occur annually and the demand for family planning by women in the poorest 20 percent of households is not met given existing barriers.
UNFPA’s “State of World Population” entitled Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality, demonstrates how ensuring reproductive health services for the poor, particularly women and girls, contributes to economic growth and health and rights for everyone.
Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and UN Under-Secretary-General; Amy Baker, Director General of Health and Nutrition, Global Issues and Development, Global Affairs Canada; and Sandeep Prasad, Action Canada Sexual Health and Rights Executive Director discuss Canada’s relationship with the UNFPA and the actions required for a more equal world including access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services.
Action Canada’s Meghan Doherty lends her voice to CBC Canada 2017 to talk about sexual and reproductive rights and striving towards equal rights for all. Not just some.
Action Canada hosted a Press Conference at the Health Ministers’ Summit 2017 along with Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association and Canadian Health Coalition, demanding fair, equal access to Mifegymiso! Watch it here:
Meghan Doherty discusses current global trends in safeguarding and advancing sexual and reproductive health rights. Megan is Global Policy and Advocacy Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a partner of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI).
The presentation took place at Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Realizing Health and Human Rights, an Official Side Event of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council organized by UNRISD and the Sexual Rights Initiative.
Interview featuring Action Canada Health Information Officer Frédérique Chabot
Source: Beyond the Headlines
Effective contraception methods are underutilized in Canada, as women face barriers when accessing reproductive health care. In this episode, we explore how this poses the problem that in an advanced nation such as Canada, women are still facing difficulties obtaining and using contraceptives. We discuss how financial, geographic, cultural and education barriers are preventing women from accessing adequate sexual and reproductive health information and services. Finally, we also explore potential policy solutions crucial to eliminating barriers to birth control access.
Dr. Rosana Salvaterra is an adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health as well as an adjunct assistant professor at Queen’s University. She is the Medical Officer of Health at the Peterborough County-City Health Unit. Here, she serves as the medical director of the sexual health clinic, providing contraceptives, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, and HIV testing. Her policy interests include public health policy, health equity and women’s health.
Frédérique (Fred) Chabot is a Health Information Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. She is responsible for the development of information products and resources, including public awareness tools. In her role as a Health Information Officer, she identifies areas for further research, policy development, and engagement opportunities in the domestic context. She also acts as a liaison with local, national, and grassroots organizations in Canada. Through her work, she has made a contribution to resource development, policy engagement, political advocacy, as well as public education.
Dr. Erika Feuerstein received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, where she is now a lecturer. Until recently she was the medical director of the Bay Centre for Birth Control and Special Treatment Clinic, a sexual and reproductive health clinic at Women’s College Hospital. She is passionate about women’s health and is presently working as a physician at the Bay Centre and several other clinics in the city of Toronto.