International Day of Action for Women's Health and Reproductive Rights

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International Day of Action for Women's Health and Reproductive Rights


The day is also an opportunity to address the inequality in the health status and unequal access to health care services for women.

The statistics speak for themselves: Over a thousand women die each day from complications caused by pregnancy and childbirth most of them from developing countries; about 70,000 women die every day from unsafe abortions, many more suffer infections and other consequences; cancer of the cervix, and the most common form of cancer in developing countries, is a significant cause of disability among women; women are more likely than men to contract Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through sexual encounters; and in many countries they become mothers before the age of 20.

Reproductive health is affected by complex biological, cultural, and social factors and without reproductive health and freedom women cannot fully exercise their human rights such as those related to education and employment.

Through the years, a human rights approach to reproductive health has evolved, which emphasizes the right of women to health, to have children by choice, and to have a safe and satisfying sex life. …

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