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Women's sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe

11.01.2018 / Created by (EMWF)

Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender stereotypes and inequalities. 

The document provides an overview of states’ obligations under international and European human rights standards in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. It provides examples of shortcomings that European states must address in particular as regards the rights to life, health, privacy, non-discrimination as well as the right to be free from torture and ill-treatment, with a particular focus on comprehensive sexuality education, modern contraception, safe and legal abortion care, and quality maternal health care.


  • Type of publication : Thematic report
  • Author : Leah Hoctor, Adriana Lamačková , Katrine Thomasen and Jessica Boulet
  • Co-editor : Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Publishing house : Council of Europe
  • Publication date : 2017
  • Number of pages : 78
  • Language : English and French


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