The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities

ICPD International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014, July 2012

17 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2014  

Carolyn Frohmader

Women With Disabilities Australia

Stephanie Ortoleva

Women Enabled

Date Written: July 1, 2012

Abstract

Sexual and reproductive rights are fundamental human rights. They embrace human rights that are already recognized in international, regional and national legal frameworks, standards and agreements. They include the right to autonomy and self-determination - the right of everyone to make free and informed decisions and have full control over their body, sexuality, health, relationships, and if, when and with whom to partner, marry and have children - without any form of discrimination, stigma, coercion or violence. This includes the right of everyone to enjoy and express their sexuality, be free from interference in making personal decisions about sexuality and reproductive matters, and to access sexual and reproductive health information, education, services and support. It also includes the right to be free from torture and from cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment; and to be free from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.

Keywords: women, disability, human rights, sexual health, reproductive rights

Suggested Citation

Frohmader, Carolyn and Ortoleva, Stephanie, The Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls with Disabilities (July 1, 2012). ICPD International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014, July 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2444170

Carolyn Frohmader

Women With Disabilities Australia ( email )

Level 9
255 Bourke Street
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Stephanie Ortoleva (Contact Author)

Women Enabled ( email )

2223 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States

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