The Sexual Rights Initiative announced that the National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database is now live! Sexualrightsdatabase.org is a one-stop-shop for national Constitutions, laws and policies related to sexual rights, including reproductive rights and sexual and reproductive health. Users can search by country or issue and can compare across countries.
Why did we set up this database?
The rights of all individuals to make decisions regarding their sexualities and reproductive lives, to accessible and affordable health services and to accurate, comprehensive health information are fundamental human rights. Yet, States in every part of the world continue to violate sexual rights with laws that seek to criminalize aspects of sexuality and reproduction, with discriminatory policies that limit access to a range of services and information, and with the absence of laws and policies necessary to respect, protect and fulfill the rights of all people.
Access to up-to-date laws and policies is critical to defending and promoting sexual rights at the national and international level. With this information in hand, advocates, organizations and governments are empowered to engage in constructive dialogue, to hold governments accountable and to support the realization of sexual rights for all.
Who can use the database?
The database will be useful for diplomats, activists, academics and policy makers as a tool to hold States accountable for their human rights obligations. The website is open access and available to all people for free.
Where can I access it?
How can I contribute?
The database is designed as a dynamic tool regularly updated by our team of researchers and validated by experts in-country. Help us keep the information up-to-date by contacting us when a law or policy has changed, volunteer to be a validator of baseline data or refer our team to an expert in your country that can help. They are also looking for feedback on the database itself, including user friendliness, suggestions for improvements and testimonials on how you have used the database in your work.
The SRI is a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Latin America and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. For more information visit: www.sexualrightsinitiative.com