Reproductive coercion

The human rights of women include their right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 4th UN World Conference on Women

The ability of a woman to control her own reproductive health and outcomes improves her quality of life. Yet, for a proportion of women, autonomy over whether she becomes pregnant is not a lived reality. This experience is referred to as reproductive coercion and defines a range of male partner pregnancy-controlling behaviours.

It is only now that we, as a society, are beginning to acknowledge the far reaching impact of reproductive coercion and then number of lives it touches. At Marie Stopes we are committed to furthering the conversation around this issue and facilitating action.

This is why we are developing a Policy White Paper to raise its profile and put forward meaningful recommendations for tackling the issue.

Call for Participation

Marie Stopes Australia is seeking submissions from stakeholders who have appropriate knowledge of and/or a demonstrated strong interest in supporting women experiencing reproductive coercion, especially those involved in:

  • Health, particularly women’s health, abortion care and broader sexual and reproductive health services
  • Family violence prevention and response including social workers, policy makers and advocates
  • Academics and researchers with a professional interest in women’s health, prevention of violence against women, family violence and law reform.

The purpose of the submissions is to inform the development of the policy White Paper.

The deadline for public submissions is 1 March 2018.

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