DECLARATION OF THE GLOBAL ROUNDTABLE FOR COUNTDOWN 2015: SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS FOR ALL

Autor: ---- Fuente: The Power of Law of Every Woman

Who we are
We have come from 109 countries to meet in London on the tenth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994. We come from small villages and big cities; we come from groups and networks representing a broad spectrum of civil society. We speak as individuals, and we seek to speak also for our membership and those we serve.

We are youth leaders, service providers, feminist activists, community-based organizers, women’s health advocates, policymakers, academics, religious leaders, physicians, researchers, artists and parliamentarians. Many of us took part in the Cairo conference; others have become active in the decade between. All of us are working to realize the main objective of Cairo: universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all by 2015.

What we believe
We believe in the promise of Cairo. We believe that the Cairo Programme of Action permanently altered the framework for discussion and action on sexual and reproductive health and rights. We affirm the right to health, and that sexual and reproductive rights are human rights—universal, interdependent and indivisible. We believe that these rights must be at the centre of sexual and reproductive health plans, programmes and interventions. We are a diverse group, and we celebrate diversity.

We strive for gender equality, women’s empowerment and social justice. We believe that young people and adolescents, not only adults, have the right to make free and informed choices about their sexuality and their reproductive lives.

We know that implementing the Cairo Programme of Action is an essential condition for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. We cannot end poverty without equitable access to sexual and reproductive health and rights;

Human rights, public health and sustainable economic development, in harmony with the natural environment can and must reinforce each other. Sexual and reproductive health cannot exist in the absence of livelihood and property rights.

We believe that investments in health and education cannot be sacrificed in the name of the free market. We believe that we must rely on science, not ideology, in promoting human development.

The world we have
We have seen progress in the ten years since Cairo, but many gaps remain.

We have seen the quality of reproductive health improve in many countries; but we have seen new charges for basic services, and more poor women who cannot afford them.

We have seen more attention to maternity care, but we have seen no decline in maternal mortality in the poorest countries

We have seen more infants survive the first years of life; but we have seen more of them lose their parents to HIV/AIDS.

We have seen more girls go to school, but we have seen more girls kept out of school by rising costs, and we have seen schools close for lack of funds.

We have seen women’s participation in all spheres of life increase; but we have also seen increasing violence and sexual oppression against them;
We have recognised the important role that women and girls play in peace-building; yet we have seen violence against women and girls used as a weapon of war;

We have seen successful condom marketing campaigns; but we have seen supplies of condoms dry up.

We have seen HIV/AIDS treatments improve and prices fall; but we have seen countless young men and women infected with HIV/AIDS, with scarcely a possibility of treatment to extend their lives.

We have applauded international solidarity behind the Cairo Programme of Action; but we have seen an increasingly strident and determined opposition, whose actions cost lives, health and progress.

We have participated in the Millennium Summit and helped to forge the Millennium Development Goals of halving extreme poverty by 2015; but we have seen little urgency to reach them. For many policymakers, the free market has crowded out the vision.

Global indicators show less poverty: but local realities reveal growing disparities between rich and poor. We who work on the ground can see who is benefiting, and who is being left behind.

Our experience since Cairo, and experience in all countries, shows what is possible. The goals of the Cairo Programme of Action are realistic and attainable. We see what to do and how urgent it is that we do it. We call on all those who share the vision of Cairo to join in making it a reality.

We want a world
Where poverty has ended and inequalities are reduced; where macro-economic and trade policies allow developing countries to prosper; Where governments guarantee the rights of people irrespective of age, ethnic origin, race, physical and mental ability, indigenous status, HIV status, gender identity or sexual orientation; where governments decide policy on secular, pluralistic principles; and where the work of civil society organisations is supported, their autonomy respected and true partnerships established;

Where democracy means equal participation of women, and the full involvement of young people, the excluded, migrants, the displaced and rural populations in decision-making at all levels; where women can exercise their human rights, and secure their equal partnership with men, in families and in society, for the benefit of all; and where all kinds of families, and people outside families, have the same respect and protection;

Where young people have a supportive environment in which to practise their human rights and engage as active citizens; and where all adolescents in and out of school have access to comprehensive sexuality education;

Where all who need them have access to health, education and social services; and where spending on books replaces spending on missiles and warplanes;

Where health systems are well funded and staffed, and respond to people’s needs; and where all health services respect confidentiality and privacy;

Where all have access to uncensored, medically accurate information, and to the means to prevent HIV infection and treat HIV/AIDS; where HIV interventions are integrated in sexual and reproductive health programmes; and where affordable drugs are available to all who need them.

Where sexual pleasure is recognised as part of a full human life;

Where personal safety is guaranteed, and violence against women and girls does not exist;

Where women and girls do not die in childbirth and pregnancy; where they have access to safe and legal abortion; and where women and men can decide freely and responsibly whether and when to have children.

Ten years after Cairo, we continue to be inspired by its vision of a world of justice, rights, possibilities and choices. We are working to help bring this world into being, and call on others to join us.

Ten years still remain: the goals of the Programme of Action are within reach. We dedicate ourselves once more to the vision of Cairo.
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