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

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

Links and discussions

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  • Participate in external/public debates 
  • 2–3 platform webinars per year:
    with sub-groups presenting findings/research once a year, including an opportunity for the whole network to “meet”. 
    global outlook (ex. Guttmacher/UNFPA seminar held June 2020)
    –  Sida/MFA for strategic updates

Annual Conference

When: May 10, 2021 @ 9:00 am – May 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

Welcome to the annual conference of the Swedish Platform for Global SRHR Issues, organised by Sida, RFSU and SIGHT in collaboration with the platform reference

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