Report: Reproductive Health and Rights in An Age of Inequality
Report Review; Worlds Apart – Reproductive Health and Rights in An Age of Inequality
‘But you know what, inequality is a problem that genuinely affects everyone in the world whether you like it or not. The “Worlds Apart” is a report that calls for the necessary fight in any way possible if you haven’t already to make gender inequality a history’ – Ukaegbu Chisom Victor, Research Associate, Knit Together Initiative.
Wow that was my reaction!
The kind of wow one gives on finding out something really shocking and depressing about a fact or truth you thought you knew about or had all the information on only to found that what you knew was just a surface of the real story, truth or fact. Inequality is super real.
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The report on “state of the world population 2017” by UNFPA really conveys the real truth of the world we live in, today, a world full of inequality – the kind of inequality that may take dogged advocacy efforts, on all of us to reduced. First, the gap between the rich and the poor is shockingly wide, however it also tries to draw us on to the fact that, that inequality in itself is actually very misunderstood; it is not just in terms of money but also other factors like social, racial, political, cultural are major in drawing those margins that define inequality.
However the main area the report strongly focus, is to address inequalities in relation to gender inequality and inequalities in realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights with particular on the right of women living in a world, with two different life circumstances – rich and poor.
The relationship between inequalities in sexual and reproductive health with economic inequalities among the poorest in the developing countries – where girls and women are deprived of the means and services of accessing the fundamental universal human right of having the information, power and means to decide whether, when and how often one becomes pregnant is interrelated. This also addresses the challenge and inequalities in meeting the demand globally for contraception and family planning services, access to proper antenatal care for those who are pregnant or soon to be, including maternal health and the survival of new born .
Interconnection of inequality in women’s health and rights and economic inequality connect to the complex relationship between to the inequalities in women sexual and reproductive health rights is demonstrated with clear facts and statistic how when women who do not have access to the fundamental human right to choose whether, how and when one intends to get pregnant are affected in various ways like unfulfilled potential in life in general, unequal labour force participation, lower earnings and wages in jobs and employment, Inequality in the work market or place of work,
A looks at the cost of inequality to the kind of world we are working towards, the processes are really heavy both in the short and long term goals. For example the inequality in women sexual health and reproductive right can lead to so many things when these women live a life of unfilled potentials, it translates to a world with more problems than solutions because the ideas and positive contributions they would have made are lost forever. They would have more children than they would have wanted with those children brought up with less than is required, creating a vicious cycle leading to even more issues like increase in poverty, social, political unrest which can threaten world peace and governance – affecting both the rich and poor.
What is the way forward?, what can we do to tackle inequality? Perhaps, correct implementation of universal health care, changing gender-discriminatory laws, norms, practices while ensuring better/quality education for all, accurate information and access to contraception and family planning service in every place in the world especially to those that are farthest behind for a more equal world.
In conclusion reading this report really opened our eyes, deepen our understanding to the kind of world we live. Sure “I mean I knew the world was unfair but this has increased my knowledge and perception on inequality; as I see the world clearly more unfair to women whether we like it or not whether we say it or not”. In my own opinion that’s the truth because they are the ones who brought every single person into this world; they are the ones who mainly have to deal with the issues of getting that fundamental human right on sexual health and reproductive rights the men sees as irrelevant.