The COVID-19 pandemic created significant barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services throughout the world—with lockdowns and travel restrictions limiting the ability to access services, governments deprioritizing these services, and supply chain disruptions causing medication shortages.
Despite these barriers, civil society organizations, advocates and service providers have worked to develop initiatives that protect—and in some ways improve—access to care.
At “Sustaining Positive Measures to Ensure Access to SRH Services During the COVID Pandemic and Beyond,” a June 24 webinar sponsored by the Center for Reproductive Rights, global experts will discuss these initiatives and the need to continue them beyond the pandemic. Register here for the webinar, which is free and open to the public.
At the event, moderated by Alejandra Cardenas, the Center’s Director of Global Legal Strategies, speakers will discuss how organizations, advocates, and service providers are:
- Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights during the pandemic;
- Securing government commitments to combat barriers to care;
- Introducing new innovations in the provision of care; and
- Making the human rights and public health case that many of these positive measures must be maintained after the pandemic subsides.
“The adoption of measures to guarantee access to SRH services during the pandemic is not only a human rights imperative, but in many contexts also constitutes an important step toward the progressive realization of the right to health,” said Cardenas.
Center Releases Fact Sheet on Access to SRH Services
The Center recently released a fact sheet, titled “Guaranteeing Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond,” that examines these issues in-depth and recommends actions that States can take to ensure access to care.
Title: Sustaining Positive Measures to Ensure Access to SRH Services During the COVID Pandemic and Beyond
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 9 – 10:30 am Bogota; 10-11:30 am New York (ET); 15-16:30 London; 17:00-18:30 Nairobi; 19:45-21:15 Kathmandu
Opening remarks and moderation: Alejandra Cardenas, Director of Global Legal Strategies, Center for Reproductive Rights
- Professor Lesley Regan, Secretary General, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (UK)
- Maria M. Vivas Pérez, Executive Director, Orientame (Colombia)
- Sabin Shrestha, Forum for Women, Law and Development (Nepal)
- Dr. Ernest Nyamato, Global Associate Director, Quality of Care, Ipas
This webinar is free and open to the public.
Read more about the Center’s work on COVID-19: