Exploring the Intersections between Sexual and Reproductive Health, and Rights and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
At Marie Stopes International Australia, we recognise that all forms of violence against women and girls are barriers to gender equality and constitute a violation of their fundamental rights and freedoms. Recent global data estimates that 1 in 3 women will face physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner during their lifetime.1
The broader health and social impacts of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a significant threat to women’s reproductive health, exposing women and girls to reproductive coercion, contributing to women’s morbidity and mortality, unplanned and high-risk pregnancies and unsafe abortion. Violence also increases women’s vulnerability to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through direct and indirect pathways.
Marie Stopes’ contribution to the global response to sexual violence is to ensure that women and girls can access appropriate, non-discriminatory, timely and accessible services.
An Integrated Service Delivery Approach to Addressing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls
Marie Stopes is a non-profit social business delivering high quality, comprehensive and voluntary information and services to underserved women and girls in 37 countries. Marie Stopes is well placed to reach those most in need, and establish effective referral pathways for women and girls seeking support services. Marie Stopes has a client-centered approach. We use data to understand our clients, their unique needs and challenges and tailor solutions and services accordingly. Globally, over 80% of our services reach women and girls at greatest risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy or an unsafe abortion, including those living on less than $1.90 per day, adolescents aged 15-19 years, and women in areas without access to services, such as rural villages or urban slums.
Marie Stopes provides the following services to women and girls who have experienced violence:
- Safe Abortion Services
- Post-Abortion Care
- HIV and STI testing and treatment
- Rights-based family planning counselling
- Comprehensive contraception services, including long-acting and permanent methods.
Marie Stopes remains committed to the global response to violence against women and girls by empowering women and girls realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and access equitable, comprehensive and high quality sexual and reproductive health services from highly trained, competent and empathetic healthcare professionals. We also seek to address the wider barriers that victims face in receiving appropriate care.
To read our full position paper, please download it here.
1 World Health Organisation. “Violence Against Women: Global Picture Health Response.” World Health Organisation Media Centre. Accessed July 24, 2018. http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/violence/VAW_infographic.pdf?ua=1.
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