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More than 150 international parliamentarians to meet in Ottawa to defend sexual, reproductive health, rights

By Sandeep Prasad      

Canada’s commitment to be truly lasting, continued support is needed for the feminist and human rights advocates working with their decision-makers at all levels of government to establish and protect laws, policies, and programs that safeguard these rights.

The 11th Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. By hosting the IPCI conference, Canada is supporting the parliamentary actors who advocate for change within their roles as legislators and demonstrating its support for sexual and reproductive health and rights to the world, writes Sandeep Prasad. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Sexual and reproductive health and rights aren’t controversial, they’re essential and life saving. Rights and health services related to gender, sexuality, and reproduction support each person’s ability to make decisions about their own bodies (like if and when to have children), help build a culture of consent that protects personal safety and support the end of gender-based discrimination and a culture based on equality.

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