Joint Guttmacher, Lancet Commission Aims To Advance Sexual, Reproductive Rights In Post-2015 Agenda
The Lancet: A Lancet Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights: going beyond the Sustainable Development Goals
Ann Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute
“…[T]he Guttmacher Institute and The Lancet are establishing a Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 world. The Commission will begin work in early 2016 with the aim of developing a wide-ranging and evidence-based agenda for key sexual and reproductive health and rights priorities worldwide over the next 15 years; just as important, it will also make the case for the adoption of policies and programs to turn that vision into reality. … A new agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights is needed that recognizes the full scope of people’s sexual and reproductive health needs, and enables all people to choose whether, when, and with whom to engage in sexual activity; to choose whether and when to have children; and to access the means to do so in good health” (9/19).
The Lancet: Women are the key to sustainable development
“…In addition to their productivity, women’s ability to have choice and control over their reproductivity is crucial for healthy development. High fertility contributes to population growth and pressures on the environment and it can limit women’s opportunities to realize their economic potential. Although the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] include sexual and reproductive health, as Ann Starrs explains in today’s issue, they take a narrow view. A new Lancet-Guttmacher Institute Commission on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 world will go beyond the SDGs and aims to provide a progressive, evidence-based vision of how to move forward in this critical dimension of sustainable development” (9/19).