The Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

10 January, 2019


RHM co-hosted a panel discussion and reception on the Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights on 6 December 2018 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The event, which included a celebration of RHM’s 25th anniversary, was well received and attended by a crowd of cheerful, interested people, all eager to learn more about RHM and contribute to efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. A recording of the panel discussion and our video commemorating a quarter of a century’s work can be seen on the RHM website’s 25th anniversary page. We thank all those who attended and extend our appreciation to the many well-wishers who were unable to be at the celebrations in person.

Watch the recording of this event

Host: Dr Heidi Stöckl, Associate Professor and Director of the  Gender Violence and Health Centre in the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Associate Editor of RHM

Moderator: Eszter Kismodi, Chief Executive of Reproductive Health Matters (RHM), International Human Rights Lawyer on Sexuality, Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Topics and speakers:

The politics of SRHR in the Middle East: Cruising the rough seas
Faysal El Kak, Vice President FIGO, Senior Lecturer Faculty Health Sciences American University of Beirut (AUB), Editorial Board Member of RHM

Disrespect and abuse in maternal care: the impact  of gender structures and intersecting power structures and the social roots of SRHR.
Loveday Penn-Kekana, Medical Anthropologist, Assistant Professor of Maternal Health & Health Systems at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Co-Lead of the Birth theme  at the MARCH Centre

Sexual rights, sexuality and poverty: do we address the intersections and connections? 
Anne Philpott, Senior Health Advisor & Deputy Head Extreme Poverty, Africa Regional at Department for International Development (DFID)

Critical scientific, medical and legal considerations of ending overly broad criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission
Edwin J Bernard, Global Co-ordinator, HIV Justice Network

New waves of anti-sexual and reproductive health and rights strategies, the  anti-gender discourse and the case of Hungary in the EU context
Bianka Vida, PhD Candidate, University of Surrey; MA, Central European University (CEU), Hungary

The politics of an evidence based approach to realizing SRHR
Laura Ferguson, Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC/University of Southern California, Associate Editor of Reproductive Health Matters