During times of health, economic, social and political crises like those at present, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights are on the receiving end of many grievances these give rise to. Since the start of the Covid-19 syndemic, we have been witness to the particular impact this has had on women’s and LGBTIQ+ individuals Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. The numerous barriers already in place when trying to access sexual and reproductive healthcare have multiplied, compromising their availability around the world and magnifying the structural inequities that previously existed. Similarly, and taking full advantage of the Covid-19 crisis, we are seeing how extremist and anti-rights groups across the globe are targeting their attacks on organisations and campaigners who defend Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
As feminist organisations that defend Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights, we have not remained impassive in the face of this situation. We have doubled our efforts and continued to work, in a context of added difficulty, for Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and for the construction of a fairer society.
With this document, we aim to make our position clear and also provide an outline of the status quo regarding the recognition and guarantee of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. At the same time, we also want to highlight the pivotal role of the organisations and campaigners who are Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights defenders, underscore the impact that Covid-19 is having on our activities, and denounce the attacks by the far right and the lack of institutional protection for us against these.