laws and policies

although policies are in place, the implementation is non-existent or ineffective

Monitoring government achievements and performance is a critical way of holding governments and development stakeholders accountable to international commitments. This is a strategy we have been implementing since our inception. One of the ways this is done is by monitoring the laws and policies of countries and their implementation. In many cases, although policies are in place, the implementation is non-existent or ineffective.

The norms of sexuality embedded in State policies, laws and practices need change to ensure a space where women can assert their sexual and reproductive rights and access sexual and reproductive health services. Our partners have consistently advocated to their governments to focus on the timely and effective implementation of laws that guarantee women their social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights while protecting SRHR of vulnerable groups.

We also advocate for governments to review, amend and implement laws and policies to address the needs and realities of women, young people, sexual and gender minorities and other vulnerable groups, and to uphold human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, as well as to eliminate laws and policies that discriminate the same.

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Published on April 1, 2015

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