November 13, 2019

Today, global feminist leaders published a Call to Action, demanding new, urgent and bold commitments to advance sexual and reproductive rights and gender justice worldwide.

“Though we’ve made significant progress since Cairo, for too many, the promise of ICPD remains unfulfilled,” said the Call to Action’s authors. “While we welcome the commitments made in Accelerating the Promise, we must go further and be bolder in our demands. The time is now to commit to a new agenda that recognizes intersecting forms of discrimination and offers actionable and sustainable solutions to achieve gender equality.”

Significant gains for gender equality—like decreases in maternal mortality, liberalizing abortion laws, and expanded LGBTQI rights—have been achieved since Cairo. Now is the time to build on these gains and harness the expectations and passion of younger generations to bring about a world in which everyone, regardless of gender, enjoys their health and human rights.

To this end, the Call to Action goes beyond the commitments outlined in Accelerating the Promise, and addresses a full range of interconnected issues like climate change, migration, and private sector accountability. It explicitly recognizes the power of adolescents and the feminist movement to drive change and calls on stakeholders to support their efforts by advancing gender-just legal and policy frameworks. The Call to Action is uncompromising in its demand for abortion rights, universal health coverage, and bodily autonomy, recognizing that access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health and rights is the bedrock of gender equality.

The Call to Action is a truly global document representative of the feminist movement. It is authored by the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre on Women (ARROW), CREA, Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el aborto inseguro (CLACAI), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA), Fiji Grassroots Feminist Network, International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Pacific Feminist SRHR Coalition, Pacific Partnerships on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, and RESURJ—Realizing sexual and reproductive justice. To date, more than 200 organizations from over 50 countries have signed-on.

Contact: Liza Kane-Hartnett; (+1) 917.498.3346

Photo: Jonathan Torgovnik