Sexual Rights & Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for Advocates

Published: March 21, 2012

The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) are pleased to announce the publication of SEXUAL RIGHTS & THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW: A TOOLKIT FOR ADVOCATES.  This innovative toolkit was developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between IPPF and SRI to advance sexual rights and reproductive rights through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

The toolkit can be viewed and downloaded at: http://bit.ly/GTk3tR.

The UPR mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council is used to review each of the 193 Member States of the UN on its entire human rights record every four and a half years. Although relatively new, it is a powerful tool to hold governments accountable for sexual and reproductive rights violations, and to advocate for changes to particular laws and policies that impact on human rights related to sexuality.

This toolkit is designed to assist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum which can influence the realization of human rights where it matters most, in the daily life of individuals in your country.  CSOs do not need to have in-depth knowledge of the UN system or human rights law in order to participate effectively with the UPR.  Knowledge and experience of national laws and policies that affect sexual rights in your country enables CSOs to participate meaningfully in the UPR because the UPR is all about the human rights situations inside the country being reviewed.

In the first four years of the UPR, sexual rights advocates have already achieved significant success.

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