UN Report: 45% of Women Are Denied Bodily Autonomy
For more than 40 years, the United Nations Population Fund has published the annual State of World Population report to highlight challenges and opportunities related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. This year's edition is the first U.N. report focused on bodily autonomy, which is defined as the power to make decisions about your body, such as the right to say no to sex, choose your partner, and determine whether and when to get pregnant. Bodily autonomy is a basic human right, and it's also directly related to better outcomes for health, education, economic success and conservation.
The report examined laws in more than 50 countries around the world and found that nearly half of women are denied the right to make choices about seeking healthcare, using contraception and having sex. Many countries also fail to legally protect sexual health, access to contraception, maternity care or gender equality.
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