Mark the Day! May 28 2017

May 28, International Day of Action for Women’s Health
Our Health, Our Rights, Our Lives!

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, which for over 30 years, women’s* rights advocates and allies in the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) movement worldwide have commemorated in diverse ways. Year after year, women, girls, advocates and allies have continued to take action and stand up for sexual and reproductive rights for what they are: an indivisible and inalienable part of our human rights.

Now, at a time when women’s human rights, and particularly sexual and reproductive rights continue to be systematically violated worldwide, mobilisation both within and beyond our communities remains essential, in order to resist any rollback on our rights and advance sexual and reproductive justice for all. As the global geo-political context threatens to become increasingly regressive, it is more important than ever to denounce any attempts at curtailing women’s rights, including our human rights to decide freely upon all aspects of our bodies, our sexualities, and our lives, free from coercion, discrimination and violence.

This International Day of Action for Women’s Health, we at WGNRR invite our fierce members, partners, and allies worldwide to Mobilise, Speak Out, and Take Action – let’s stand together, voice our resistance, and remind world leaders that Women’s Health Matters!

1.May 28th is a Day of Action recognised internationally wherein any organisation or individual can mobilise their communities around their own priority topic best suiting the local context. Any organisation working to advance women’s health rights is welcome to launch May 28th activities, in the aim of ensuring women’s health and well-being worldwide, particularly in terms of their SRHR.

*While we use the term ‘woman/women’ we do so with a critical reflexivity that recognises the nuances and right to people’s unique sexual and gender identities and expressions.  We also recognise that ‘women’ are not a monolithic group and that they have diverse identities that vary due to their social location and the socio-economic, political, and multicultural contexts in which their lives are embedded.