Our bodies aren’t divided into sectors. So how can we cross the self-created gulf between those who work to defeat HIV and AIDS, and those who fight for sexual and reproductive health and rights for all? Breaking barriers and building bridges on sexual and reproductive health and rights is a conspiracy of hope, fueled by outrage which won’t take a “No” for an answer.
Incidences of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are evidence and lay in numbers, but more importantly it also lay in people’s stories. The stories which have the power to awake our indignation and our anger, our empathy and our generosity of heart. We must bring those stories to the fore and let them help people understand what it really means not to have any power over your own life, to have your sexual and reproductive freedom stifled, to be forced through pregnancy, to be willfully kept illiterate about intimacy and endangered through lack of knowledge about sexuality.
Because sexual and reproductive abuses and cruelties that contribute to sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, violence against women, to the marginalization of people who are transgender, to maternal deaths among others.
ACSHR 2020 tends to cure the symptoms caused by the denial of human rights, through working hand in hand with SRHR organizations. The 9th African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights will address the challenges and solutions women and girls in urban informal settlement face in the following thematic areas incorporating the recent Guttmacher–Lancet Commission report which finds out that there is no health without rights.
- Breaking the Cycle
- Leave No one Behind
- Innovation and Technology.