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UN Human Rights Council: Amnesty International's Oral Statement on Women's Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

, Index number: IOR 40/6488/2017

Amnesty International’s research in multiple countries has demonstrated that laws, policies and practices that criminalise or punish women and girls’ sexual and reproductive actions and decisions, or ban or restrict health information and services, serve as serious barriers to the enjoyment of their human rights, health, and wellbeing. This risks undermining the effective implementation and realisation of Goals 3 and 5. Gender equality cannot be achieved without women and girls being empowered to make free choices about their sexuality and reproduction including through access to health services and information in line with human rights law and standards.

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