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Today is International Day of Action for Women’s Health. The day marks the recognition the advancement of women’s’ health rights particularly in relation to sexual and reproduction.

Coordinated by the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), May 28th has been recognised as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health by several governments, various international agencies and multiple civil society organisations around the world.

The aim of the campaign is to bring to light significant gaps in the research data on women’s health, and critically, create a platform to highlight the importance of women’s health as an issue.

Since its inaugural launch 30 years ago, the organisation has focused on a number of women’s health issues such as institutional violence, incorporating

  • The denial of the right to access safe and legal abortion services
  • Forced or coerced sterilisations
  • Obstetric violence
  • The denial of access to contraceptives including emergency contraceptives.

 Past campaigns have included:

– Access to quality healthcare
– Feminisation of poverty
– Access to safe and legal abortion
– Government accountability in prioritising health markets
– Health sector reform and women’s health
– Women and HIV/AIDS
– International Trade Agreements and women’s access to health

– Access to contraceptives