RESURJ advocates for our “RESURJ by 2015” 10-point action agenda that places women’s and young people’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, participation in decision-making, and accountability at the center of health programs and development efforts.
RESURJ works across constituencies, identities and generations, in countries and regions, to galvanize political will for achieving sexual and reproductive justice for all. This is done through sharing knowledge, information, resources and power with younger feminist activists to ensure the sustainability of our movement.
RESURJ members work within national organizations to influence policies and programs in India, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ireland, and Poland for issues as diverse as access to safe and legal abortion, adolescents’ and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, and comprehensive sexuality education.
We bring our national experiences and contexts to regional and global inter-governmental processes hosted by the United Nations. In the process, we aim to strengthen our movements, our local organizations, and to jointly advocate for poltical and financial changes that will better the lives of all women and girls.
“RESURJ by 2015” is a 10-point action agenda that places women’s and young people’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, participation in decision-making, and accountability at the center of health programs and development efforts. RESURJ calls on all decision-makers to:
- Expand decision-making opportunities for women and young people by ensuring their meaningful participation in all stages of design, monitoring and implementation of sexual and reproductive rights policies and programs at national, regional and international levels.
- Prioritize sexual and reproductive rights in health systems strengthening and development programs so that integrated, high-quality services are available, accessible, and acceptable to all women and young people, particularly those most underserved. These services include comprehensive information on sexuality and contraception services and supplies (including emergency contraception, post exposure prophylaxis, male and female condoms); pregnancy care (antenatal and post natal care, skilled birth attendance, referral systems, and emergency obstetric care); safe abortion services and post-abortion care; access to assisted reproductive technologies; prevention, treatment, and care of sexually transmitted infections and HIV; prevention, treatment and care of reproductive cancers.
- Guarantee universal access to this package of essential sexual and reproductive health services by providing sufficient and sustainable financing to achieve the training, deployment, and retention of necessary health workers; ensure equitable access and good quality services; free or subsidized care for those in need; and monitoring of potential disparities through regular collection and analysis of sex- and age- disaggregated data.
- Protect women’s and young people’s human rights in sexual and reproductive health programs by guaranteeing that services are designed to respond to individual’s health needs and overcome barriers faced by marginalized groups, including through service provision that is free from stigma, coercion, discrimination and violence, based on full and informed consent, and that affirms the right to pleasure. Programs must ensure respect for women’s and adolescents’ privacy and confidentiality in accessing services, and their capacity to make free and informed choices regarding their sexual and reproductive lives from childhood to old age in all their diversity; and pay special attention to marginalized groups of women and adolescents, including those with disabilities, living with HIV and AIDS, and of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Create and sustain comprehensive, objective, and accurate sexuality education and information that is accessible and affirming for all children and youth in and out of schools. Comprehensive sexuality education programs promote sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality, self-empowerment, knowledge of the body, bodily integrity and autonomy, and relationship skills development; are free of gender stereotypes, discrimination, and stigma; and are respectful of children’s and adolescents’ evolving capacities to make choices about their sexual and reproductive lives.
- Allocate funds targeted to HIV that protect and empower women and young people. In particular, guarantee funding for the provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services that include comprehensive sexuality education; prevention, counseling, voluntary testing, treatment and care of HIV, as well as other sexually transmitted infections and reproductive cancers; and universal access to female and male condoms, microbicides and other womeninitiated prevention technologies and vaccines.
- Ensure that intellectual property agreements support states’ obligations to uphold the human rights of women and young people. Governments must make use of all trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPS) flexibilities to ensure that intellectual property rights rules do not adversely affect individuals’ access to medicines, and generic medicines in particular, as well as other prevention technologies.
- Foster an enabling environment for the realization of women’s and young people’s sexual and reproductive rights by guaranteeing women’s and young people’s economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights; removing all structural, legal, and social barriers to the enjoyment of these rights; guaranteeing other underlying determinants of health (such as good nutrition, and access to clean water and sanitation); and achieving gender equality.
- Strengthen transparency and ensure the establishment of effective monitoring and accountability mechanisms for health and education programs at the local, national, regional and international levels that are supported politically and financially. Monitoring and accountability mechanisms must adopt a systemic and sustained human rights approach, provide effective remedies and redress to rights holders when sexual and reproductive rights are violated, and lead to the constant improvement of existing programs and policies.
- Guarantee that financing for development is sustainable and harmonized among donors and multilateral agencies and that sexual and reproductive rights and health programs are prioritized.
Since our inception in 2010, Resurj has consolidated into an independent, South-led and run alliance of feminists focusing on achieving sexual and reproductive justice. We have enlisted thousands of activists and hundreds of organizations to hold their governments accountable to principles of justice, equality and human rights at home, in their regions, and at the United Nations.
In the context of the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD 20), we contributed to groundbreaking normative policy gains at the regional levels in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. More importantly, we have both trained and learned from hundreds of young women and men from over twenty countries, on advocacy strategies for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights.
As we approach the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Resurj members are mobilizing nationally and regionally for a Sustainable Development agenda that places young women’s sexuality and reproductive health in the center. To date, we have influenced national and regional positions to reflect our priorities, and influence the positions of the Women’s Major Group and the Major Group on Children and Youth within the United Nations.