About Us

About Us

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM), formerly Reproductive Health Matters, promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally through its journal and ‘more than a journal’ activities.

At the heart of SRHM is an INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL with global relevance – The Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters Journal. It is a multidisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that explores emerging, strategic, as well as neglected and marginalised issues across the field of SRHR.

SRHM, however, is 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 and inspires new rights-based thinking and action in the field of SRHR through various strategic approaches, and through multi-disciplinary global and local partnerships.

We have a presence in London, Geneva and Cape Town, and work with regional partners in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Peru, and Russia to promote the dissemination of our publications in seven languages.

VISION

We envision and contribute to 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 and rights of people are fully respected, protected and fulfilled, regardless of age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, geographical residence, race, colour, language, and other personal or social status.

HISTORY

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 sexual and reproductive health and rights (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), in order to fully represent the breadth and extensiveness of sexual health and rights, and reproductive health and rights, in our name.

Founding Director and Editor Marge Berer led RHM since its inception until 2015 when she handed over responsibilities to Shirin Heidari. In 2017 Shirin handed over her responsibilities to Julia Hussein as Editor-in-Chief and Eszter Kismodi as Chief Executive.

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