Gender & COVID-19: Sexual and reproductive health rights
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During emergency states and disease outbreaks, access to sexual and reproductive health services is impacted by disrupted supply and service provisions and new guidelines regarding self-isolation and lockdowns.
Inadequate access to healthcare not only contributes to women’s lack of autonomy and power over their sexual and reproductive lives but also results in further negative, long-term outcomes.
For example, with more women unable to access sexual and reproductive health services, it’s estimated this will lead to an increase in unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.
Furthermore, during emergency states and disease outbreaks, reproductive and sexual health resources are deemed less important and resources can be diverted to other emergency response needs. Responses to COVID-19 must take into account the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls around the globe.