Whoever you are, wherever you live, all the decisions you make about your own body should be yours. Yet all over the world, many people are persecuted for making their own choices and many more are prevented from making any choices at all.Read More
The issue in depth
All over the world, governments are trying to dictate who we can kiss, who we should love, how we must dress, how we identify ourselves, when we have children and how many we should have. Women continue to be subject to violence in all countries.
While there have been many recent advances in equality around the world, many are now under threat.
- In December 2013, India’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex relations between consenting adults would remain a criminal offense.
- In January 2014, the deeply oppressive Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act became law in Nigeria.
- In January 2014, a new abortion law came into effect in Ireland – the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act – which continues to criminalize and punish abortion with a 14 year prison sentence.
Many groups continue to put pressure on governments, the UN and other international and regional bodies to limit our sexual and reproductive rights. This is driven by well-funded, organised interest groups, including powerful religious institutions.
At the highest levels, some governments are listening to these groups and questioning sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality, or branding the principle of “human rights for all” as a Western concept.
What’s clear is that our rights to express our sexuality and make decisions over our own bodies are being challenged. Women continue to be subject to violence across all countries, particularly in countries in conflict.Close
How it works
In Australia, Amnesty has very active women’s and LGBTI activist networks campaigning on these important gender and sexuality issues, including working in partnership with other groups campaigning for marriage equality.
At a global level Amnesty campaigns to protect individual people facing discrimination and violence as well as to change harmful government policies.
Amnesty International, both in Australia and globally needs your support for to:
- stop Governments using criminal law to control people’s sexuality and reproduction.
- empower people to make their own decisions about their bodies and live their lives without interference from others.
- ensure governments make sexual and reproductive health services, education and information available and easy to access.
- make countries prohibit all forms of discrimination and stop violence against women.