Defending Reproductive Rights Through International Litigation: Coerced and Forced Sterlisation in Peru and Slovakia
Interights Bulletin, A Review of the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, 2004 Volume 14 No. 4
48 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2012
Date Written: 2004
One of the most fundamental aspects of achieving women’s equality and ensuring global progress toward just and democratic societies is ensuring that women have self-determination over their bodies, including the right to decide whether and when to have children. Yet, in most countries around the globe, women are still denied their reproductive rights. For example, many lack access to quality maternal healthcare, contraception, and safe, legal abortion. Women have also been coercively sterilised or compelled to use contraception.
Keywords: human rights, international litigation, reproductive rights, Slovakia, Peru, sterilization, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
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