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Due to the pandemic, some 14 million women lost access to sexual and reproductive health worldwide

There are women who lost access to contraceptives and specialized services for victims of gender violence during the coronavirus pandemic, warned the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the right to health, Tlaleng Mofokeng.

The UN stated on its website that with the confinements and restrictions imposed due to COVID-19, the countries interrupted or ended maternal and child health care and suspended the exercise of the rights to sexual and reproductive health; and he warned that it is imperative that governments restore them immediately. Due to the measures adopted in the world with the purpose of controlling the pandemic, millions of women had limited access to maternal and neonatal care, or simply did not have it, warned Mofokeng.

In a report on the right to physical and mental health, the rapporteur placed about 14 million the number of women globally who lost access to contraceptives and specialized services for victims of gender-based violence precisely when they most needed them. Now, governments must restore essential sexual and reproductive health services suspended due to the emergency and reaffirm that the rights to that health are human, he said.

During the presentation of a report on the subject, Mofokeng reminded governments that sexual and reproductive health rights are fundamental guarantees stipulated in binding human rights treaties, jurisprudence and conference consensus outcome documents international The rapporteur said that blockades, movement restrictions and diversion of funds due to COVID-19 put access to these essential services at risk.

“In addition, we have seen new measures and laws in force in all regions, which further restrict access to safe abortion, a component of sexual and reproductive services encompassed in the right to health,” he emphasized.

Faced with this picture, the expert appealed to the States to rebuild and strengthen health systems and that promote sexual and reproductive health rights for all. He also highlighted the importance of removing barriers and ensuring broad access to quality care that includes maternal health, contraception and abortion, as well as cancer screening.

Mofokeng explained that there are still major barriers that prevent the enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health rights around the world, arguing that this is due, in large part, to the patriarchal and colonialist models, as well as the enormous prevailing inequalities.

“Colonialism has permeated patriarchy in all regions and its legacy continues today through laws, policies and practices that deny or restrict sexual and reproductive rights and criminalize diverse gender identities and consensual acts between adults of the same sex.” , he denounced.

Before concluding, the expert urged States to respect and protect the principles of autonomy, bodily integrity, dignity and well-being of people, especially those that refer to sexual and reproductive health rights. Finally, it revealed its commitment to collaborate with the States and the actors involved to defend the right of every person to enjoy physical and mental health.

Source: TÉLAM

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