As part of HLPF 2021, UNFPA will host an intergenerational dialogue that brings together governments, civil society, youth leaders and academia to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and bodily autonomy in relation to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a view to accelerating progress towards a more gender-equitable world.
The SDG 3 Expert Group Meeting, organized in the lead up to the HLPF, concluded that to accelerate the achievement of SDG 3, the international community must seriously discuss and support sustained collaboration, coordination, and meaningful engagement of civil society, young people, local actors and community systems in health governance, and in driving health response, in order to see real and lasting change on the ground.
This event aims to spotlight how intergenerational perspectives and integrated action can help leverage the necessary voices and powers to accelerate progress on SDGs 3, 5, 10, 16 and the 2030 Agenda more broadly, by strengthening the SRHR and bodily autonomy agenda, and promoting an environment where gender equitable social norms and positive masculinities are the new and lasting normal.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights have a direct bearing on bodily autonomy and integrity for all people, and particularly for women and girls. The inability to control one’s sexual and reproductive choices, and to live free from violence, effectively becomes a form of “control” in and of itself, and has implications for gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The global pandemic and its impacts have underscored that health and well-being are foundational for sustainable development that rests on equality, inclusion and prosperity for all. Advancing progress towards universal health and wellbeing requires that we uphold the rights of women and girls everywhere, including by changing harmful social and gender norms that negatively impact people’s access to essential services, opportunity and equality.
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