Realising the ICPD 20 years later: shifting the paradigms for research and education

Glob Public Health. 2014;9(6):647-52. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2014.923014. Epub 2014 Jun 23.


The extent to which people can enjoy their sexual and reproductive health is invariably intertwined with issues of disadvantage, inequality and human rights. Increased conservatism, lack of political will, outright resistance and the limited incorporation of human rights norms and standards into sexual and reproductive health policies and programmes are central challenges. Building capacity and skills to understand and address the range of issues raised by sexual and reproductive health and rights is of critical importance. Committed to the principles underlying the ICPD agenda and heavily involved in research and education, with a shared desire to bring global attention to the need for gender- and rights-oriented research and training in sexual and reproductive health, a group of us came together to form the Rights-Oriented Research and Education (RORE) Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health at the end of 2012. To generate dialogue, discussion and action, we propose what we mean by a human rights orientation to sexual and reproductive health and what we believe is needed going forward to achieve a human rights orientation to sexual and reproductive health education and research.

Keywords: education; human rights; reproductive health; research; sexual health.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Female
  • Goals
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Policy Making*
  • Public Policy
  • Reproductive Health*
  • Sex Education*
  • United Nations