Call For Action: Demystifying the Misconception and Myths of Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR)by Vanessa Akpelan
“People who use contraceptives would end up with health problems” “Comprehensive sexual education encourages youth to have sex”.These are just but a few common myths and misconceptions surrounding Sexual Reproductive Health Rights. It is important that women have the right knowledge they need in order to make the right decision concerning their sexual reproductive health. Generally, misconceptions surrounding SRHR are found under topics such as; menstruation, family planning, what sexual acts can lead to pregnancy, and early signs and timing of pregnancy. The sources of these misconceptions could be as a result of inadequate sex education, misinformation from the internet, and non-evidence-based medicine and medical protocols. For over 30 years now on the 28th of May, the International Day of Action for Women’s Health activists around the world take action, mobilize, and highlight demands for the fulfillment of women’s right to health. Quality sexual reproductive health services are essential to the well-being of every woman and it begins with access to accurate information. These services cover a broad spectrum of care such as; maternal and newborn care (antenatal/ postnatal care), access to contraception, and prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The day aims to draw attention to issues related to women’s health and overall well-being. This year, activists, including GPI, call on everyone to #ResistAndPersist amid the coronavirus pandemic and crises, and to continue to assert that women’s health matters and SRHR is essential. 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 human rights.