This booklet documents 17 inspiring life-stories of rural women from 14 countries from the Global South who participated in the Women’s Travelling Journal on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (WTJ-SRHR). Following the success of the first women’s travelling journal in 2013, this second WTJ is a joint initiative of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), and our partner organisations in Asia and Africa.
The WTJ-SRHR comes at a time when SRHR issues need much attention especially as policymakers and global leaders chart the new post-2015 development agenda. However, as witnessed in many global processes, the voices of rural women are often silenced. Their concerns around their rights, their autonomy, and their bodily integrity – as indicated in the hard-won language on SRHR evident in the ICPD Programme of Action and the Beijing Platform for Action – have been watered-down and traded-off.