It’s Your Body! Know Your Rights!

Original post from Amnesty International



Being able to make our own decisions about our health, body sexuality and reproductive life is a basic human right. Yet all over the world, many of us are persecuted for making these choices – or prevented from doing so at all. That’s why we’ve launched our global campaign: My Body, My Rights.

My Body My Rights is Amnesty International’s global campaign to help ensure that everyone has access to their sexual and reproductive rights and to stop criminalization of sexuality and reproduction by governments. Over 2014-15, we are working for tangible change in people’s lives in Nepal, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Ireland. It’s your body, know your rights!

You have the right to:

  • Make decisions about our own health, body, sexual life, and identity without fear of coercion or criminalization
  • Seek and receive information about sexuality and reproduction and access related health services and contraception
  • Decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have
  • Choose your intimate partner and whether and when to marry
  • Decide what type of family to create
  • Access family planning; contraception; safe and accessible post-abortion care; access to abortion in cases of rape, sexual assault or incest, and pregnancy that poses a risk to the life or to physical or mental health; and, where legal, access to safe abortion services
  • Live free from discrimination, coercion and violence, including rape and other sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, forced sterilization and forced marriage.

Women and girls and people from groups at risk of discrimination on other grounds, including sexuality and ethnicity, are disproportionately affected by restrictions on their sexual and reproductive rights. For example, young women and adolescent girls from marginalized groups are most affected due to the inequality and discrimination they face, preventing them from accessing the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need.

Everyone has the right to have access to quality, comprehensive, integrated sexual and reproductive health services, counseling, comprehensive sexuality education and information. Barriers to the services and information women and girls need for a healthy life must be removed.

It’s your body. Know your rights!

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