How The International Day of Action For Women's Health
- International Day of Action For
Women's Health which falls on the 28th May every year strives
for women's rights, especially in the area of their sexual and
increasing reports of violation of women's rights worldwide, it is
important for all women to stand united and speak in one voice against
violence and discrimination.
years ago on 28th
May 1987, at the 4th
International Women's Health Meeting in Costa Rica, it was
proposed to celebrate 28th
May as the International Day
of Action for
Women's Health to stand up and speak for women's sexual and reproductive health rights
, a grossly neglected area despite claims of
safeguarding women's rights and talks of women empowerment.
Global Network for Reproductive Rights
(WGNRR) is spearheading the re-launch
of the 28th
following 30 years of struggle and activism, with several issues still
remaining unaddressed and a spurt in crime against women.
‘Speak out, mobilize and connect – Demand and let the world know about your sexual and reproductive rights.’
In collaboration with over 20
international, regional and national organizations, they plan to mobilize the
support and encourage women worldwide to demand
that their sexual and reproductive health be made an integral part of development
agendas of governments all over the world
are Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)?
is unfortunate that in spite of women excelling in several fields and
contributing to the family economy, as well as, their country's development, they still are unable to
decide on matters concerning their basic sexual and reproductive rights.
violence and discrimination is not restricted to the domestic setting alone.
There are numerous instances of institutional violations of the sexual and
reproductive rights of women that include:
- Denial of safe and legal
- Forced sterilizations
- Lack of adequate care during
pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum
- Lack of and denial of access to
contraceptives including emergency contraception
Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) urges
women on this occasion to reiterate their demand of basic health rights to be
acknowledged and for governments the world over to take action.
Health, Our Rights, Our Lives - The Theme For 2017
year on the occasion of International Day of Action For Women's Health
women worldwide continue to stand up and demand, that they be allowed to decide for themselves on all aspects
of their bodies including the decision whether to have a baby or not, decide
about their sexual identities or sexual orientation without coercion, violence
At a time when reports of women being
subject to blatant violation of their rights, sexual harassment at home and
work, and failure to safeguard their basic rights, the International Day of
Action For Women's Health encourages women to speak out, mobilize support and connect
with likeminded persons and
organizations to spread the word.
The WGNRR has encouraged women and allies
globally to 'Mobilize, Speak Out, and
- let's stand together, voice our resistance, and remind world
leaders that Women's Health Matters!'
Women and women's organizations could
hold public rallies, conduct workshops, organize street plays,
use the press and media to spread the message and create global awareness.
Organizations in various parts of the world can collaborate with one another
and help in making the day a grand success to achieve their goal.
In summary, it is the duty of every
individual, community, country and the world as a whole to recognize and
protect every woman's right to her sexual and reproductive health.
- Mark the Day! May 28 2017 - (http://www.may28.org/marktheday/)
- May 28: International Day of Action for Women's Health, Women's Rights Defenders - (http://icrh.org/news/may-28-international-day-action-women%E2%80%99s-health-women%E2%80%99s-rights-defenders)