Sexual and
Health and Rights

Women should have the right to health information and services to make the best choices for their bodies and their lives.

Sexual and reproductive health is at the heart of the most important decisions a woman makes: if and when to marry. How long to stay in school. How many children to have.

Millions of women and girls around the world do not get to freely make these choices. Poor health services and information limit their freedoms – and put their lives at risk. Globally, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death for girls aged 15 to 19.

When women can make informed choices about their bodies, they can make better choices for their families, their education, their livelihoods and their happiness.

Why do sexual and reproductive health and rights matter?

Every day, 830 women die because of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
214 million women globally have an unmet need for contraception.
Between 2010 and 2014, women had 25 million unsafe abortions globally.

Investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights is an investment in human rights that has the potential to prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year and millions of unwanted pregnancies.

Sandeep Prasad
Former Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

What is Oxfam doing?

Together with local organizations, we put sexual and reproductive health choices back in women's hands. When women can access vital health information and services, they can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.


With local partners, we strengthen health systems and community structures.


A woman can only demand her rights if she knows what those rights are.


We rally communities and challenge the policies, systems and laws that need to change.

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Oxfam distributed hygiene kits in Sankhu. The kits contain a bucket for clean water, a bar of soap, oral rehydration salts, and towels, helping people to meet their basic sanitation needs. Oxfam also provided the community with emergency latrines to help prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases. In Sankhu, 980 houses collapsed when an 7.9 earthquake struck Nepal on April 2015. Photo Credit: Aubrey Wade / Oxfam


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Oxfam volunteers are sorting out hygiene kits before a distribution at the camp in Cox's Bazar. Oxfam is providing hygiene kits to refugees to maintain their hygiene and menstrual health. Photo Credit: Maruf


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