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Zika Provides Opportunities To Address Access To Reproductive Health Services, Rights Of Women, Adolescents

Devex: Zika response — a chance to address gaps in women’s rights
Giselle Carino, regional director for the Western Hemisphere at the International Planned Parenthood Federation

“…[T]he [Zika] epidemic has highlighted two key failures of governments in the [Latin America and the Caribbean] region: a lack of investment in sexuality education and quality sexual and reproductive health services like care during pregnancy, and a deep denial of the human rights of women and adolescents. … The women’s right movement has a rich history throughout the region, and while our path is just, it has never been easy. Zika provides us the opportunity to have these difficult conversations, to open a dialogue around the issue of abortion and women’s rights in general, as well as social support and access to health services for children born with disabilities. Most importantly, it paves the way for the political will needed to create a world of inclusion, choice, and opportunity for all” (3/23).

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