The Reproductive Health Matters (RHM) is compiling a themed issue to be published in May 2019 on the impact of politics on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The purpose of the issue is to assimilate and highlight the consequences of and interconnections between political activities, systems or change on SRHR – whether at global, regional, state, or local levels, and at their intersections, especially in low- and middle-income settings.
Examples of relevant topics in SRHR related to contemporary political events include:
- The shift towards right-wing and/or populist politics occurring across many countries and regions
- The power of the #MeToo social media movement against sexual assault and harassment
- Reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule prohibiting US funding to foreign organizations that offer abortion services or information
- Demographic transition in China and its U-turn from a harsh one-child policy, to plans for boosting birth rates
- The recurrence of widespread violence in Congo, with rape and sexual abuse used to intimidate in a context where lack of public services and transgressions of SRHR committed in the wake of the war in the 1990s remain unaddressed
- The role of political activism and civil society in Senegal, with documented successes in the control of HIV/AIDS, despite its low-income status as a country
- The rise in popularity of right wing politics in Costa Rica after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that gay marriage should be legalised
- Protests in Iran by women against compulsory covering of their heads in public
The relevance of today’s politics on SRHR is clear, but not always well-documented. Thi RHM collection aspires to compile and generate a diverse range of perspectives and evidence to inspire debate, inform intervention and effect change that will lead to better lives for people. Politics will determine whose SRHR are protected, when universal health care and respect for rights can be realised, and how it will be achieved.
Potential autors are reminded RHM also accepts other papers related to SRHR on an ongoing basis. Some of these may later be brought together or listed as key topics. The journal accepts a wide range of article types, from full research reports to short personal perspectives, letters and book reviews. Please see instructions for authors at: https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=zrhm20&page=instructions
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