Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are key to gender equality and to individual’s full participation in society. As long as girls and women do not have control over their own bodies and as long as there is limited access to safe delivery, contraceptives, prevention of gender-based violence or safe abortion there will be no sustainable development and no eradication of poverty. SRHR are currently being denied or restricted in many parts of the world. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) formally recognized, in 1994 in Cairo, that reproductive rights were linked to human rights already protected under international law. In 2018 The Guttmacher Lancet Commission put forward a new and holistic and integrated definition of SRHR. This definition is embraced by Sida. Find here their report:

Overall network goal:
To build a more coordinated and effective cross-sectoral (research, policy, practitioners, programming) Swedish response to improve SRHR globally

The sexual and reproductive health and rights of all are respected, protected and fulfilled without discrimination

Promoting global SRHR and development by connecting people, ideas and resources

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If interested to join or learn more about the platform, please contact:

Porträtt Sara Österlund

Sara Österlund, RFSU

+46 70 339 23 03

Become a member of the Swedish platform for SRHR issues and join any of the 5 working groups of the network. If you are a member and interested in engaging, please contact the focal point of “your” group:

  • SRHR and social and religious norms sub-group: The group will organise an exciting seminar about opportunities and challenges in the  collaboration between faith-based and secular actors. More information below and in the attached flyer! Coordinator: Kristin.elmquist@pmu.se
  • Menstrual health sub-group has just kick-started! The purpose of the group is to create a space for capacity building and learning,  coming together to lift menstrual health on the agenda in Sweden and joint advocacy and collaboration. Meets every other month. Welcome to contact Martina.Nee@wateraid.se
  • • Safe abortion working group recently met and decided to continue exchanging information and to start planning for an event in connection with the launch of the WHO safe abortion guidelines next year. Coordinator:  
  • Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV): Läkarmissionen (LM) and Mr. JP/Mokgethi-Heath are new coordinators  and will ”restart” this group. LM brings experience from DRC (Panzi Hospital), Sudan, Somalia and related contexts. Welcome to contact  isabella.olsson@lakarmissionen.se to join the group
  • SRHR and Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Group members continue sharing information and updates via email. Coordinator: 

In 2018, Government Offices of Sweden launched a framework for Sweden’s work on global health –implementing the 2030 Agenda. For its implementation thematic Swedish Networks for Global Health grew organically. The added value of these networks is the enabling of multisectoral  and interdisciplinary collaboration around global health, allowing a large number of Swedish actors to come together through coordinated and joint action.

In 2019, the Swedish Platform for Global SRHR Issues network was initiated. The network coordinator is RFSU. A steering group supports the coordinator in the strategic development of the network and in the initiation of activities. SIGHT supports the overall work with the Swedish Networks for Global Health and stimulates synergies between thematic areas and networks. 



Sexual and reproductive health and rights

From a global perspective, the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls is improving. At the same time, people’s rights in certain countries are threatened by conservative forces. The defence of the right of all people to control their bodies and sexuality is one of Sida’s key issues.

WHO and SRHR research


To be updated.

Links and discussions

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No Exceptions, No Exclusions: Realizing sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice for all. Exactly 2 years ago, the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 was organized to mobilize the commitments needed to fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action. The new report analyses what has happened since, including how countries have kept their promises to SRHR.

A New Global Fund Strategy (2023–2028) has been adopted by the Board of the Global Fund. Sweden annually contributes close to 1 billion SEK to the Global Fund. The strategy sets out how the Global Fund partnership aims to contribute to a world free of the burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with better, more equitable health for all. The new Strategy includes a stronger focus on gender equality and SRHR than previous strategies.

The cost-effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health and rights interventions in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review  by Andrea Hannah Kaiser: Björn Ekman; Madeleine Dimarco &Jesper Sundewall. Includes economic evaluations of the essential SRHR interventions in the comprehensive package presented by the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on SRHR

Understanding Sexual Agency. Implications for Sexual Health Programming. A comprehensive, inclusive description of sexual agency is proposed, focusing on the navigation of goals and desires in the wider structural context, and acknowledging the many forms sexual agency may take.

Sexual Health and Wellbeing through the Life Course: Ensuring Sexual Health, Rights and Pleasure for All, International Journal of Sexual Health. A life course approach to illustrate how the tripartite of sexual health, rights and pleasure manifest themselves with different interlocking linkages, and actively contribute to overall health throughout life.

Adolescent girls in the climate crisesPlan International (2021). Results from Feminist Participatory Action Research on how climate change impacts adolescent girls’ and young women in Zambia and Zimbabwe, including its impact on education, menstrual health, CEFM, sexual violence.

A case study by SOAWR: Faith leadership in civil society collaboration towards adoption of the EAC SRHR Bill on how Faith to Action Network has facilitated faith leadership and faith community interactions with the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), in order to expand the Bill’s coverage and address the contentious issues.