About Us

About Us

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally.

At the heart of SRHM is an INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL with global relevance. Our journal is a multidisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. It explores emerging, strategic, as well as neglected and marginalised issues across the field of SRHR.

SRHM is also MORE THAN A JOURNAL. It creates and participates in spaces that motivate improvements in research, policy, services and practice. It contributes to capacity building in knowledge generation. SRHM inspires new rights-based thinking and action in the field of SRHR through various strategic approaches, and through multi-disciplinary global and local partnerships.

In February 2019, Reproductive Health Matters (RHM) became Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM) as it continues to build on 25 years of gender and rights-based research, policy, political analysis and advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights


A world in which sexual and reproductive health and rights are recognized as fundamental human rights and matters of social justice; and in which the sexual and reproductive health needs are addressed and rights of people are fully respected, protected and fulfilled without discrimination of any kind.


To inspire, create, disseminate and advance evidence and rights based knowledge, build capacity, and engage in collaborative action for political, policy and service delivery globally, regionally and locally on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

SRHM strives to be a strong and sustainable organisation that manifests its commitment to evidence-informed, global collaborative and human rights values in all its operations.


In October 1992, a group of women’s health advocates from different parts of the world met in London to discuss the need for a feminist approach to family planning and population policy. This meeting was precipitated by controversy during a women’s rights conference in 1990 in New York, in a session called, “Is a feminist population policy possible?”. The group recognised the need for a platform to publish research that put women’s needs in the centre and allowed women to voice their experiences and views. That meeting in London was the foundation of Reproductive Health Matters (RHM) journal.

With evolution in the field and a range of SRHR issues emerging, we expanded our scope to address universal SRHR for women, men and transgender people regardless of age or sexual orientation.

In 2019, Reproductive Health Matters changed its name to Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM). Founding Director and Editor, Marge Berer, led RHM since its inception until 2015 when she handed over responsibilities to Shirin Heidari. In 2018 Shirin handed over her responsibilities to Julia Hussein as Editor-in-Chief and Eszter Kismodi as Chief Executive. In 2020, Julia announced her retirement and was replaced by Dr. Emma Pitchforth as Executive Editor.