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  • Abortion

    An abortion is the ending of a pregnancy. Access to safe, legal abortion varies substantially around the world. There are no federal restrictions on abortion in Canada though in certain provinces and communities abortion is unavailable or only available until a limited gestational period.

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    Civil Society Organizations stand with the “She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative”

    As civil society organizations, we applaud the She Decides initiative and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Fund the abortion pill under OHIP! #FreeChoice

    At long last, the medical abortion pill Mifegymiso is available in Canada, but the barriers are too high. Costing over $400 in Ottawa, it’s not an option for most people. Surgical abortion – which costs the province $800 to $2000 –  is covered by OHIP, but depending on where you live, it can be difficult […]

    International health advocates in Ottawa to discuss Trump’s ‘global gag rule’

    Reproductive and sexual health organizations grapple with loss of funding By Idil Mussa, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 6:52 AM ET International health advocates are gathering in Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss reproductive and sexual health in Latin America and the Caribbean in light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reinstatement […]

    How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard

    As reproductive rights come under assault in the U.S., the story of new pregnancy-termination medication reveals continuing barriers to reproductive health for Canadian women Anne Kingston | Maclean’s Few drugs have arrived in Canada accompanied by more fanfare, delays, hope, controversy and politicking than Mifegymiso, the pregnancy-termination medication approved by Health Canada in 2015 after a […]

    Take Action: Trump’s Global Gag Rule

    1. Click here to Find your MP using your postal code 2. Click here to download the sample letter in Word 3. No postage is required to send mail to MP parliamentary (Ottawa) offices [Date] [Ms. Jane Smith, M.P. or The Honourable (if cabinet minister) Jane Smith, P.C. (if cabinet minister), M.P.] House of Commons […]

    Opinion: 35 Years Later, Women have Access to Abortion in PEI

    By Ann Wheatley and Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Guardian Ann Wheatley is co-chair of Abortion Access Now PEI. Sandeep Prasad is and Ottawa-based lawyer and Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. 35 years of organizing and action (and the threat of a lawsuit later), abortion services are finally being offered […]

    Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

    Source: The Globe and Mail | MICHELLE ZILIO AND GEOFFREY YORK International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights, possibly through a safe-abortion fund announced by the Netherlands this week that was in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s order banning U.S. funding for any organizations that […]

    Joint Statement on Trump’s Global Gag Rule Re-Enactment

    We, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn President Trump’s signing of the Global Gag Rule on January 23rd 2017, one of his first acts as President of the United States. During the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, the Global Gag Rule prohibited foreign NGOs receiving U.S. assistance related to family planning and […]

    New year, new choices for Canadian women?

    Source: Hamilton Spectator | Margaret Shkimba Last September I attended a women’s health conference here in Hamilton hosted by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Each presentation could be a column on its own, and I’ll write more about those other topics in future columns. But today I want to talk about the drug Mifegymiso. […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    This Giving Tuesday Help Cut the Strings on Access to Abortion!

    Together we can deliver on the promise of accessible abortion care in Canada. Will you take a moment now and support our efforts? Access to abortion varies greatly by region, and some people, particularly those in rural and remote areas, must travel thousands of kilometers to get the health care they need. Health Canada has […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Canadian pro-choice site crashes on U.S. election night under fears restricted abortion access will force women to travel north

    Yahoo News | Terri Coles | November 16, 2016 On the night of Nov. 8, as the results of the American election crystallized, the website for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada crashed. “There was a huge, huge spike in traffic over Wednesday and Thursday in particular,” Joyce Arthur, executive director of the pro-choice political group, told Yahoo Canada News. […]

    Will employers include the abortion pill in drug plans?

    Sara Tatelman | October 17, 2016 | Benefits Canada Health Canada approved the abortion pill Mifegymiso in July 2015. Late last month, however, all provinces but Quebec announced they wouldn’t include the medication in their formularies because manufacturer Celopharma refused to fund a cost-effectiveness study. On Oct. 7, Celopharma reapplied for the Common Drug Review, which is open […]

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    The Canadian Politician Who Killed the Tampon Tax Wants to Make Birth Control Free

    By Hilary Beaumont | VICE News The NDP is trying to drum up support for a motion that, if adopted by the Liberals, would provide free prescription birth control to women and trans people. After successfully pushing the Conservative government to remove the federal tax on tampons last year, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen is now setting her […]

    How dangerous are non factual claims about abortion and women’s health?

    Donald J. Trump says women can get go to a doctor at 9 months and “rip the baby out of the womb”, referencing late-term abortion. Not only is that incorrect, the rest of the world calls the removal of a baby after months, “delivering a baby”. How dangerous are non factual claims about abortion and […]

    Advocates fight to ease abortion pill restrictions before Canadian debut

    Mifegymiso has been approved for use in more than 60 countries with varying restrictions, one being that the woman needs to shallow the pill at a clinic in front of her physician. It seems Health Canada is imposing similar restrictions. By CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI | The Canadian Press  Sexual health advocates are intent on making Canada the […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    Take Action: Help guarantee real access to the new abortion pill!

    Mifegymiso is the World Health Organization’s gold standard of medical abortion and since 2005, has been on its list of essential drugs. It has the potential to increase access across Canada. Click here to learn more

    Drug restrictions a violation of Canadian women’s human rights and freedoms

    A message from Dr. Anne Niec, President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, on access to Myfegymiso in Canada.

    Abortion pill access, coverage lacking in Canada, advocates say

    Terri Coles | Daily Brew | October 5, 2016 | Yahoo News An upcoming cost-effectiveness review for mifepristone, otherwise known as the abortion pill, could lead to provincial funding for the medication and widen access to the drug for those seeking it. But the move would still leave up to one-third of Canadian women without coverage for […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    Sept 28 WatchDog

    International Safe Abortion Day Watchdog Around the world, people are prevented from speaking out about and accessing a vital healthcare service: abortion. This is especially true of marginalised and minority groups, such as youth and adolescents, people living with disabilities, economically marginalised people, those who live in rural or remote locations, indigenous peoples, sex workers, […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    Irish rejection of 16 recommendations is raised at session of UN Human Rights Council

    The Government’s rejection of 16 recommendations from the United Nations on women’s reproductive rights was raised at a session of the UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday. Source: Irish Times | Kitty Holland Last May the Geneva-based committee adopted the “outcome report” of its universal periodic review (UPR) of Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on Human Rights. Ten […]

    Every day, I speak to women who must travel to get an abortion but can’t afford it. Will you help?

    In a country where abortion has been decriminalized for almost 30 years, it’s frightening to see the stigma, shame, and barriers still faced by women and trans folks who need one. When people call our Access Line about an abortion, they reasonably expect to find that service close to home. But all too often, I […]

    Joint Statement and Call for Action for the Polish Parliament to Examine the Right to Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

    In preparation for the upcoming revision at the Polish parliament of two bills concerning access to legal and safe abortion, a number of youth-led and other organisations focused on Sexual and Reproductive Rights have prepared the attached statement to draw attention on the stand of Polish government complying with its human rights obligations towards the […]

    A tough pill to swallow

    Source: The Fulcrum | Nadia Drissi El-Bouzaidi Will the introduction of an abortion pill help increase access for Canadian women? In 1969, Canadian pro-choice advocates had a huge victory on their hands with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Morgentaler. The Court ruled that the Criminal Code’s abortion provision was unconstitutional as it violated […]

    Will this new pill make abortion more accessible in Canada?

    TVO | Published on Aug 12, 2016 by Terri Coles Ontario doctors may be able to prescribe and distribute a Health Canada-approved abortion drug by as early as this fall, but some activists and researchers say federal conditions on its use will do little to make pregnancy termination available to the many women who live far from […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Action Canada talks Mifepristone

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to Morning Mixtape about sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and the newly approved Mifepristone. Rough Cuts by Morning Mixtape is a selection of live interviews cropped from our daily morning show, Morning Mixtape. Live Mon-Fri 8-10am , on the AM dial at the 1280 frequency, or stream […]

    Broader access to safe abortion soon available in Canada, if you can clear the hurdles

    By Kylie Kendall | Rabble | May 25, 2016 Canadians’ options for safe abortion access will soon broaden, once a new drug,approved last July by Health Canada, hits the marketreportedly this July. Mifepristone, marketed in Canada under the brand name Mifegymiso, is a pill that, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, induces an abortion. It’s a method […]

    Six takeaways for Canada from the world’s largest women’s rights conference

    Alia Dharssi | National Post | May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 7:42 PM ET Last week, from May 15 to 19, Copenhagen hosted the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the well-being, health and rights of women and girls. The event attracted luminaries like Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus, as […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    ARCC Review of “Crisis Pregnancy Centre” Websites in Canada

    This study by the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) identified 180 Crisis Pregnancy Centres (CPCs)* across Canada. Of those, 166 had websites. As some CPCs shared the same websites, 100 unique websites were reviewed to determine what the centres were advertising online, and to look for misinformation or indications of deception. The findings reveal […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    Ease restrictions on abortion pill: Editorial

    The abortion pill will finally be available in Canada in July. But the rules surrounding how women can get it are too restrictive. Source: Toronto Star It’s been available in France since 1988, Britain since 1991 and the United States since 2000. Now 28 years after it first appeared on the market, mifepristone — better […]

    Abortion Pill in Canada – There’s a Problem

    Action Canada’s Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to New Talk 610’s Larry Fedoruk about Mifegymiso and ongoing barriers to access to abortion services across Canada.

    Home abortion pill about to hit market in Canada, but has already garnered criticism

    Source: National Post | Sharon Kirkey After one of the lengthiest drug approval processes on record, an abortion pill that allows women to terminate an early pregnancy at home is expected to become available in July. But its release is already garnering criticism, with women’s health advocates saying Health Canada’s tight controls over its use are […]

    Action Canada Statement in response to PEI decision to offer abortion services on-Island

    Action Canada welcomes today’s announcement from PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan that the province is taking steps to offer abortion services on-Island. Thursday afternoon, the Premier said that Health PEI will be directed to “begin planning for a new women’s reproductive health centre” in a hospital setting, which will offer a range of “reproductive health services, […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Event: Twitter Chat on Access to Abortion in Canada

    Join Action Canada along with Feminist Canada and reproductive rights advocates across the country for a Q&A on access to abortion. Date & Time: Thursday March 3rd, 12-1 pm EDT Hashtag: #AccessNow Participants:  Feminist Canada, Host @FeministCanada Action Canada Sexual Health and Rights, ED Sandeep Parsad @Action_Canada Becka Viau, Artist and Feminist Advocate from PEI @BeckaViau […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Support the petition to fund clinical abortion services in New Brunswick

    Every Canadian province that has abortion clinics provides medicare funding for people to access an abortion in community-based clinics, except New Brunswick. Sign the petition that requests that NB MLAs support increased access to abortion services in the province by repealing s. 2.01(b) of the NB Medical Services Payment Act and funding abortion health care […]

    Action Canada Submission to 57th CESCR for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights for Canada’s review during the 57th Session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural (herein referred to as the ‘Committee’), taking place from February 22nd to March 4th The report examines violations of articles 2, 12 and 13 of the International […]

    A New Abortion Pill Will be Available in Canada Soon, But It’s Not a Simple Solution to Access

    Source: Vice Magazine By Grace Lisa Scott After a two-year-long approval process, the abortion pill will finally be available in Canada this spring. But with restrictions and cost issues, it won’t be an immediate solution to Canada’s access to abortion problems. Sold under the name Mifegymiso (known better for its US name RU-486), the abortion […]

    How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access in Canada

    By Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad Originally posted on the Huffington Post Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where […]

    Where in Canada can you get an abortion? It’s secret — for security reasons

    By Anna Mehler Paperny Senior Producer, Investigative Data Desk Source: Global News Suzanne Newman used to bike to work in a bulletproof vest. She isn’t a cop. She doesn’t work in a war zone. She’s a doctor, in Winnipeg. But because she’s a doctor who provides abortions, she’s a target and she knows it. The flak jacket […]

    Action Canada joins Fight for $15 & Fairness in calling for paid sick leave and job protection

    Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to job-protection and paid sick leave. Many cannot afford to take a sick day. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness alongside health workers and advocates in calling on the government to guarantee paid sick leave and job-protected leave to all workers […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    UN Goals Trigger Calls for Canadian Aid Reform

    Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal  Paul Christopher Webster, Toronto September 30, 2015 A set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations on Sept. 25 will require Ottawa to extensively reform its international aid strategies, global health experts warn. The 17 SDGs specify 169 targets, including ambitious goals to dramatically reduce child and maternal mortality, ensure universal […]

    Opinion: Canada’s Abortion Myth

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Each year on September 28, advocates around the world mobilize for access to safe and legal abortion. This year’s theme is about busting abortion myths to fight stigma and discrimination. Abortion stigma is fueled by myths. Myths that place safe, legal and accessible care and services out of reach […]

    CSO Position on Uruguay’s Administrative Court Ruling

    Click here to read the statement in Spanish The Administrative Court’s ruling restricts the implementation of Uruguay’s abortion law (law number 18.987) by revoking the articles within its Regulatory Decree related to conscientious objection. The Administrative Court´s interpretation of the law is the most restrictive and conservative to date in relation to women’s rights. The […]

    Conscientious Objection Policy Submission to Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Along with its associate organizations, the Sexual Health Centre of Saskatoon and Planned Parenthood Regina, Action Canada has made a submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) consultation on its conscientious objection policy. The submission recognizes some of the positive steps made in the draft policy, as well as makes specific recommendations to […]

    WHO Guidelines: Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception

    Source: World Health Organization Planned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can have a range of benefits. It can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health-care professionals, improve equity in access to health care and increase the acceptability of health services for those receiving them. […]

    Action Canada welcomes Health Canada’s approval of Mifepristone

      For immediate release: Yesterday, Health Canada approved the use of the medical-abortion drug mifepristone (RU-486), which will increase the availability of medical abortion (sometimes referred to as medication abortion) across Canada. This medication is already available in nearly 60 countries and, in some cases, has been available for over 30 years. Action Canada for […]

    RU-486: What you need to know about the recently approved abortion pill

    Source: CBC News By Sheena Goodyear The RU-486 abortion pill has been approved for prescription use in Canada, some 25 years after it was made available for women in France, and after a 2½-year review by Health Canada. Here’s what you need to know about RU-486, manufactured by Linepharma International Limited: Why is this decision important? With controversy in some parts of […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    Opinion: No Province Should Deny Women Abortions

    By Sandeep Prasad and Colleen MacQuarrie* Originally posted in the Huffington Post Abortion is legal in Canada and has been for over 30 years. There are no criminal laws restricting access to abortion or post-abortion care in Canada and it is a recognized essential medical procedure, required to be fully accessible and financially covered by […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Opinion: Explicit and formal guarantees on abortion needed in Bill 20

    Originally published in the Montreal Gazette By Sandeep Prasad It’s not a good year to have a uterus in Quebec. Setbacks to reproductive health care in the province continue to be rolled out one after another. Bill 20 is putting reproductive options under fire, weakening service availability in Quebec by limiting physician time allocations for […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    Action Canada Celebrates Anniversary of 1988 Supreme Court Decision

    28 January 2015 – As Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision (often referred to as the Morgentaler Decision) that changed the face of reproductive health in Canada. The decision, which recognized Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional and a violation of a woman’s right to life, liberty and […]

    Call for Action to correct the harmful implementation of the Helms Amendment

    Click here to read the letter in PDF January 22, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, The undersigned organizations working to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in many countries around the world write to urge you to use your executive authority […]

    Press Release: Ottawa Premiere of Award Winning Documentary: Vessel

    20 January 2014 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally, is hosting the Ottawa premiere of the award winning documentary, Vessel. A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international […]

    Action Canada Disappointed by Delay but Optimistic over Eventual Approval of Mifepristone

    15 January 2014 For immediate release Health Canada has requested additional information for its review of mifepristone (RU-486), a request that will further postpone the availability of a drug that would increase access to medical abortion (sometimes referred to as medication abortion) across Canada. Although Action Canada is concerned that many people seeking to terminate […]

    Progress on Women’s Rights: Missing in Action

    Authored by a network of NGOs, trade unions and independent experts, including Action Canada, Progress on Women’s Rights: Missing in Action reviews Canada’s implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and finds that while progress has been made in access to edu­cation, The Shadow Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and […]

    Action Canada Welcomes Announcement by Brian Gallant to Lift Abortion Restrictions in New Brunswick

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights celebrates New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant’s announcement, whereby a significant barrier to accessing legal abortion services in the province will be lifted effective January 2015. The announcement follows the work of advocates in the province and across the country who have fought for decades to ensure that all […]

    Sex & Health: All About Abortion

    A very handy tool comprising  52 questions/answers about abortion and abortion access in Canada. Ideal for stimulating  a group discussion, spreading some knowledge, and refreshing memories! How to recognize a crisis pregnancy centre? Is it necessary to obtain the consent of one’s sexual partner(s) before having an abortion? Do all women have free access to […]

    Reality Check

    Available as free download A critical look at access to hospital abortion services in Canada. The report reveals shocking truths about the barriers and experiences of women. Please note that the Reality Check was published by Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) in 2006 and some content may be outdated.

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Airlie Declaration on safe legal abortion

    ACPD (now Action Canada) attended the World Leaders Consultation on Uniting for Safe Legal Abortion (March 24-25 2014 during which the Arlie Declaration on safe legal abortion was drafted. The full version is posted below. Click here to download the declaration in PDF “We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right […]

    Freedom of Choice: A Youth Activist’s Guide to Safe Abortion Advocacy

    Source: Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Young women’s access to abortion touches on some of the most sensitive issues in cultures around the world: the role of parents, community and religious leaders in decision-making on the issue of children and adolescents and youth sexuality. It is within this context that this guide seeks […]

    Analysis of Canada’s Refusal to Fund Abortion Services Abroad

    This brief was created by ACPD (now Action Canada) in response to Ministerial announcements regarding the Government of Canada’s refusal to fund abortion services abroad, even in case of sexual violence and for women and girls in early and forced marriages. The brief illustrates the importance of providing survivors of sexual violence and married young […]

    Abortion Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid: The History and Harms of the Helms Amendment

    Source: Guttmacher Policy Review Summer 2013, Volume 16, Number 3 By Sneha Barot Forty years ago, in the wake of Roe v. Wade, Congress enacted the Helms amendment to restrict U.S. foreign aid from going toward abortion. Specifically, the policy prohibits foreign assistance from paying for the “performance of abortion as a method of family […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    The Criminalization of Abortion is an Abuse of State Power

    Originally published on RH Reality Check by Meghan Doherty, ACPD (now Action Canada) On Monday October 24, 2011 the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health will present a report to the UN that unequivocally tells governments they must remove laws that criminalize abortion. This is not the first time a branch of […]

    WHO Technical Opinion in response to ACPD request

    The Technical opinion is in response to a request made by Ms. Catherine McDonald, Executive Director of Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD – now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) to the World Health Organization (WHO). At the time of request, the Prime Minister’s signature G8 initiative was the subject of inquiries […]

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  • Child Early and Forced Marriage

    Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) occurs when entering a marriage without free and full consent, when under the age of majority, or when other factors that would make a person unready to consent exist. CEFM is a foreign policy priority for Canada.

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    SRI analysis of the language of ‘child, early and forced’ marriage

    In preparation of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the Sexual Rights Initiative (of which Action Canada is a member) produced an analysis of the terminology of child, early and forced marriage from the international human rights law and UN policy perspectives. During this session, the Council adopted Resolution 24/23 on the subject […]

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  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education

    Comprehensive sexuality education is age-appropriate education about human rights, human sexuality, gender equality, relationships and sexual and reproductive health and rights through the provision of scientifically-accurate, non-judgmental information.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Planned Parenthood Regina wins award for Indigenous outreach program

    Source: CBC Saskatchewan Program has so far reached 830 youth, 10 community agencies Planned Parenthood Regina was recently recognized for its work increasing Indigenous leadership at the organization and reaching out to Indigenous populations. The Manachiwasin program, which means “respect self,” focused on delivering culturally appropriate sexual health information to six Regina community schools with high […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    The Canadian Politician Who Killed the Tampon Tax Wants to Make Birth Control Free

    By Hilary Beaumont | VICE News The NDP is trying to drum up support for a motion that, if adopted by the Liberals, would provide free prescription birth control to women and trans people. After successfully pushing the Conservative government to remove the federal tax on tampons last year, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen is now setting her […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    Will you speak up during Canada’s review on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women?

    From 24 October to 18 November, the government of Canada will be reviewed on its efforts to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Here’s a list of issues that will guide Canada’s review. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) are invited to submit reports up to a […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Action Canada talks Mifepristone

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to Morning Mixtape about sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and the newly approved Mifepristone. Rough Cuts by Morning Mixtape is a selection of live interviews cropped from our daily morning show, Morning Mixtape. Live Mon-Fri 8-10am , on the AM dial at the 1280 frequency, or stream […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Action Canada ED discusses Canada’s renewed UN Engagement

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with UN Secretary General to advocate women’s rights and equality. Executive director of Action Canada joins CTV News Channel on Tuesday March 15, 2016 to talk about the significance.

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Action Canada Submission to 57th CESCR for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights for Canada’s review during the 57th Session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural (herein referred to as the ‘Committee’), taking place from February 22nd to March 4th The report examines violations of articles 2, 12 and 13 of the International […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    Sexual Health Education in the Schools: Questions and Answers, Updated 2015 Ontario Edition

    Source: The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) A resource with answers to your questions about sexual health education in our schools. Click here to download the resource

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    UN HRC adopts children’s rights resolution, calling for access to sexual and reproductive health services and CSE

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Originally published on the SRI Website. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) welcomes the adoption by the UN Human […]

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

    Progress on Women’s Rights: Missing in Action

    Authored by a network of NGOs, trade unions and independent experts, including Action Canada, Progress on Women’s Rights: Missing in Action reviews Canada’s implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and finds that while progress has been made in access to edu­cation, The Shadow Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • Conscientious Objection

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    Will you speak up during Canada’s review on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women?

    From 24 October to 18 November, the government of Canada will be reviewed on its efforts to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Here’s a list of issues that will guide Canada’s review. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) are invited to submit reports up to a […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Conscientious Objection Policy Submission to Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Along with its associate organizations, the Sexual Health Centre of Saskatoon and Planned Parenthood Regina, Action Canada has made a submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) consultation on its conscientious objection policy. The submission recognizes some of the positive steps made in the draft policy, as well as makes specific recommendations to […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

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  • Contraception

    Contraception is a method used to prevent pregnancy. There are many options when it comes to choosing the contraceptive that is right for you. Male and female condoms have the added protection of preventing against STIs.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Joint Statement on Trump’s Global Gag Rule Re-Enactment

    We, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn President Trump’s signing of the Global Gag Rule on January 23rd 2017, one of his first acts as President of the United States. During the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, the Global Gag Rule prohibited foreign NGOs receiving U.S. assistance related to family planning and […]

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Should all Canadian women get free birth control?

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to MainStreet’s Jill and Dave about the Motion-65. The motion if adopted by the Federal government, would cover the costs of all prescribed contraceptives in Canada.

    The Canadian Politician Who Killed the Tampon Tax Wants to Make Birth Control Free

    By Hilary Beaumont | VICE News The NDP is trying to drum up support for a motion that, if adopted by the Liberals, would provide free prescription birth control to women and trans people. After successfully pushing the Conservative government to remove the federal tax on tampons last year, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen is now setting her […]

    Wrap It Up!

    Our Associate Organization Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon (SHCS) has launched a new project: Wrap It Up! Local creative agency Territorial designed four branded condoms have been using Saskatchewan place names: Toronto is big, but this is Biggar Saskatoon, wanna spoon? Regina the city the rhymes with fun Climax please come again This project is part of an […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Barriers to Birth Control Access in Canada

    Interview featuring Action Canada Health Information Officer Frédérique Chabot Source: Beyond the Headlines Effective contraception methods are underutilized in Canada, as women face barriers when accessing reproductive health care. In this episode, we explore how this poses the problem that in an advanced nation such as Canada, women are still facing difficulties obtaining and using […]

    Support for a Full National Drug Plan

    Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. In anticipation of the 2015 federal election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights has produced a series of thematic briefs outlining what actions we think the Government of Canada should take on […]

    Conscientious Objection Policy Submission to Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Along with its associate organizations, the Sexual Health Centre of Saskatoon and Planned Parenthood Regina, Action Canada has made a submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) consultation on its conscientious objection policy. The submission recognizes some of the positive steps made in the draft policy, as well as makes specific recommendations to […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    City pulls funding for birth control clinic founded by Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw

    Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton is a former Action Canada associate organization.  Source: Hamilton Spectator By Joel OpHardt Canada’s first birth control clinic, started in Hamilton nearly 85 years ago, is closing its doors. At the end of the month, Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton, the organization that Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw helped turn into […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • Domestic Policy

    Action Canada works to ensure increasing action by the Canadian government to advance sexual and reproductive rights.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard

    As reproductive rights come under assault in the U.S., the story of new pregnancy-termination medication reveals continuing barriers to reproductive health for Canadian women Anne Kingston | Maclean’s Few drugs have arrived in Canada accompanied by more fanfare, delays, hope, controversy and politicking than Mifegymiso, the pregnancy-termination medication approved by Health Canada in 2015 after a […]

    Opinion: 35 Years Later, Women have Access to Abortion in PEI

    By Ann Wheatley and Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Guardian Ann Wheatley is co-chair of Abortion Access Now PEI. Sandeep Prasad is and Ottawa-based lawyer and Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. 35 years of organizing and action (and the threat of a lawsuit later), abortion services are finally being offered […]

    New year, new choices for Canadian women?

    Source: Hamilton Spectator | Margaret Shkimba Last September I attended a women’s health conference here in Hamilton hosted by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Each presentation could be a column on its own, and I’ll write more about those other topics in future columns. But today I want to talk about the drug Mifegymiso. […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Upcoming Workshop: Effective Community Collaborations in Sexual Health and Rights

    A three-module workshop for service providers, community stakeholders, government and non-government actors working to advance sexual health and rights. Presented by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in collaboration with the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, the workshop on community development and collaborations in the field of sexual health and rights […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Abortion pill access, coverage lacking in Canada, advocates say

    Terri Coles | Daily Brew | October 5, 2016 | Yahoo News An upcoming cost-effectiveness review for mifepristone, otherwise known as the abortion pill, could lead to provincial funding for the medication and widen access to the drug for those seeking it. But the move would still leave up to one-third of Canadian women without coverage for […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    A tough pill to swallow

    Source: The Fulcrum | Nadia Drissi El-Bouzaidi Will the introduction of an abortion pill help increase access for Canadian women? In 1969, Canadian pro-choice advocates had a huge victory on their hands with the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Morgentaler. The Court ruled that the Criminal Code’s abortion provision was unconstitutional as it violated […]

    Will this new pill make abortion more accessible in Canada?

    TVO | Published on Aug 12, 2016 by Terri Coles Ontario doctors may be able to prescribe and distribute a Health Canada-approved abortion drug by as early as this fall, but some activists and researchers say federal conditions on its use will do little to make pregnancy termination available to the many women who live far from […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Will you speak up during Canada’s review on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women?

    From 24 October to 18 November, the government of Canada will be reviewed on its efforts to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Here’s a list of issues that will guide Canada’s review. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) are invited to submit reports up to a […]

    Action Canada talks Mifepristone

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to Morning Mixtape about sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and the newly approved Mifepristone. Rough Cuts by Morning Mixtape is a selection of live interviews cropped from our daily morning show, Morning Mixtape. Live Mon-Fri 8-10am , on the AM dial at the 1280 frequency, or stream […]

    Broader access to safe abortion soon available in Canada, if you can clear the hurdles

    By Kylie Kendall | Rabble | May 25, 2016 Canadians’ options for safe abortion access will soon broaden, once a new drug,approved last July by Health Canada, hits the marketreportedly this July. Mifepristone, marketed in Canada under the brand name Mifegymiso, is a pill that, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, induces an abortion. It’s a method […]

    Abortion Pill in Canada – There’s a Problem

    Action Canada’s Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to New Talk 610’s Larry Fedoruk about Mifegymiso and ongoing barriers to access to abortion services across Canada.

    Opinion: Canada is Fighting to End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

    On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we’re failing at home. Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and, just last week, was instrumental […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    CESCR Day Two: Will Canada step up to the plate tomorrow? Or stay on the bench?

    Canada is all set to appear before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights beginning tomorrow, at 3:00PM Geneva time (9:00AM EDT). This will be a key moment to assess the government on the steps it has taken, or not taken, to meet its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

    Dear Ministers Wilson-Raybould, Dion, Joly and Bibeau, We write urgently on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations who are in Geneva attending the review of Canada’s compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We are deeply disappointed that Canada is repeating the position it took in 1998 that the Charter of […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Media Release: Health providers take to the streets for paid sick days on November 19

    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 19, 2015) – Doctors handing out free tissues by subway exits is not something one sees every day, but that’s what health providers did today outside the Queen’s Park subway station to draw attention to their call for at least seven legislated paid sick days for Ontario workers. Standing where Toronto’s […]

    All Workers Deserve Equal Access To Paid Sick Days

    Originally published on Huffington Post By Sandeep Prasad November means the start of both the flu season – a time when health care providers may advise many of us to stay home when sick – and of a month of action in support of paid sick days for all workers. Millions of workers across Ontario […]

    New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

    Originally published in the CATIE blog By Frédérique Chabot and Sarah Kennell It’s been a long and winding campaign trail and like most of the country, we’re waiting in anticipation to see what this new government will do. In the lead up to the election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights produced aseries of […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

    Source: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights The report by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA and the experiences of community service providers. It offers 37 recommendations for improving policies and services. For the research, eight community partners organized focus groups with […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Support for a Full National Drug Plan

    Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. In anticipation of the 2015 federal election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights has produced a series of thematic briefs outlining what actions we think the Government of Canada should take on […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Opinion: No Province Should Deny Women Abortions

    By Sandeep Prasad and Colleen MacQuarrie* Originally posted in the Huffington Post Abortion is legal in Canada and has been for over 30 years. There are no criminal laws restricting access to abortion or post-abortion care in Canada and it is a recognized essential medical procedure, required to be fully accessible and financially covered by […]

    Opinion: Budget 2015: We can’t afford growing inequality

    Too little Canadian funding has been going to reproductive health care and family planning.   Sandeep Prasad, Julie Delahanty Originally Published in Embassy Published: Thursday, 04/16/2015 3:50 pm EDT Last Updated: Thursday, 04/16/2015 6:11 pm EDT A budget is about tough choices. It’s about prioritizing what we can and cannot afford. As the federal government is […]

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Opinion: Explicit and formal guarantees on abortion needed in Bill 20

    Originally published in the Montreal Gazette By Sandeep Prasad It’s not a good year to have a uterus in Quebec. Setbacks to reproductive health care in the province continue to be rolled out one after another. Bill 20 is putting reproductive options under fire, weakening service availability in Quebec by limiting physician time allocations for […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    Action Canada Celebrates Anniversary of 1988 Supreme Court Decision

    28 January 2015 – As Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision (often referred to as the Morgentaler Decision) that changed the face of reproductive health in Canada. The decision, which recognized Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional and a violation of a woman’s right to life, liberty and […]

    Action Canada Joins over 100 organizations Up for Debate

    Alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, Action Canada is part of Up for Debate – a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Women in Canada have questions, Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer […]

    Open letter: 300 researchers call for decriminalization of sex work in Canada

    Originally published on Georgia Straight March 27, 2014 Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Mr. Thomas Mulcair, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition, the New Democratic Party of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Mr. Jean-François Fortin, MP, Interim Leader of the Bloc […]

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  • Emergency Contraception Pill

    Emergency Contraception Pill (ECP) also known as “the morning after pill” is a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or failed contraception. Emergency Contraception is legal in Canada and can be effective if taken within five days. IUDs can also be used as emergency contraception.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Support for a Full National Drug Plan

    Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. In anticipation of the 2015 federal election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights has produced a series of thematic briefs outlining what actions we think the Government of Canada should take on […]

    Conscientious Objection Policy Submission to Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Along with its associate organizations, the Sexual Health Centre of Saskatoon and Planned Parenthood Regina, Action Canada has made a submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) consultation on its conscientious objection policy. The submission recognizes some of the positive steps made in the draft policy, as well as makes specific recommendations to […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    City pulls funding for birth control clinic founded by Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw

    Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton is a former Action Canada associate organization.  Source: Hamilton Spectator By Joel OpHardt Canada’s first birth control clinic, started in Hamilton nearly 85 years ago, is closing its doors. At the end of the month, Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton, the organization that Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw helped turn into […]

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  • Gender Expression

    Gender expression is how a person publicly presents their gender. All people have the right to express their gender as they choose without fear of discrimination in education, healthcare, social and political participation; and to live free of verbal and/or physical assault.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Opinion: Is Canada Finally Moving Forward on Trans Rights?

    Originally published in the Huffington Post After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that […]

    Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

    In 2011, UNESCO convened the first-ever UN international consultation on homophobic bullying in educational institutions, recognizing that this complex and sensitive issue needs to be addressed as part of wider efforts to prevent school-related violence and gender-based violence, in order to achieve quality education for all. Since then UNESCO has expanded its work on school-related […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Intersectionality in LGBTI Advocacy

    Written by Fernando D’Elio of Akahata (with input from Neha Sood of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) as part of the 2015 ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia. Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) activism often does not account for the many contexts oppression is expressed in – for example, race, ethnicity, gender, […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    Submission to Post-2015 Consultation on Inequalities and LGBTIQ People

    The submission, prepared by ACPD (now Action Canada), supports the analysis of other contributors that the root causes of the inequalities and human rights violations faced by LGBTI persons are patriarchy and the resulting heteronormativity and gender norms. It alsos support the analysis that other forms of marginalization, such as on the basis of race, […]

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  • Gender Identity

    Gender identity refers to a person’s internal and individual experience of gender. All people have the right to identify with the gender of their choice without fear of discrimination in education, healthcare, social and political participation; and to live free of verbal and/or physical assault.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Every day, I speak to women who must travel to get an abortion but can’t afford it. Will you help?

    In a country where abortion has been decriminalized for almost 30 years, it’s frightening to see the stigma, shame, and barriers still faced by women and trans folks who need one. When people call our Access Line about an abortion, they reasonably expect to find that service close to home. But all too often, I […]

    Trans and Nonbinary Youth Inclusivity in Sexual Health: Guidelines for educators and service providers

    Our associate, Planned Parenthood Toronto, partnered with a group of trans and nonbinary youth to develop some guidelines for service providers and educators to help them better serve trans and nonbinary youth. For more info and to download the guidelines pdf, click here.

    Join the Conversation: Why a special mechanism on SOGI will set the movement back

    Join the Sexual Rights Initiative and our partner, the Coalition for African Lesbians for a Twitter chat this Thursday June 9th on Autonomy and Intersectionality: Why a special mechanism on sexual orientation and gender identity will set back movements on sexuality and gender at the Human Rights Council. Two Conversations on Bodily Autonomy & Intersectionality 4:00AM […]

    Opinion: Is Canada Finally Moving Forward on Trans Rights?

    Originally published in the Huffington Post After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that […]

    Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

    In 2011, UNESCO convened the first-ever UN international consultation on homophobic bullying in educational institutions, recognizing that this complex and sensitive issue needs to be addressed as part of wider efforts to prevent school-related violence and gender-based violence, in order to achieve quality education for all. Since then UNESCO has expanded its work on school-related […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

    Source: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights The report by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA and the experiences of community service providers. It offers 37 recommendations for improving policies and services. For the research, eight community partners organized focus groups with […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    WHO Policy brief: Transgender people and HIV

    Source: World Health Organization The WHO technical brief summarizes essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender populations. The 2011 WHO guidance, Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people, did not separate recommendations for transgender […]

    Intersectionality in LGBTI Advocacy

    Written by Fernando D’Elio of Akahata (with input from Neha Sood of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) as part of the 2015 ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia. Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) activism often does not account for the many contexts oppression is expressed in – for example, race, ethnicity, gender, […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    Submission to Post-2015 Consultation on Inequalities and LGBTIQ People

    The submission, prepared by ACPD (now Action Canada), supports the analysis of other contributors that the root causes of the inequalities and human rights violations faced by LGBTI persons are patriarchy and the resulting heteronormativity and gender norms. It alsos support the analysis that other forms of marginalization, such as on the basis of race, […]

    Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the […]

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  • Global Policy

    Action Canada works to ensure increasing action by governments, human rights bodies and other policy forums to advance sexual and reproductive rights issues.

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    International health advocates in Ottawa to discuss Trump’s ‘global gag rule’

    Reproductive and sexual health organizations grapple with loss of funding By Idil Mussa, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 6:52 AM ET International health advocates are gathering in Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss reproductive and sexual health in Latin America and the Caribbean in light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reinstatement […]

    Take Action: Trump’s Global Gag Rule

    1. Click here to Find your MP using your postal code 2. Click here to download the sample letter in Word 3. No postage is required to send mail to MP parliamentary (Ottawa) offices [Date] [Ms. Jane Smith, M.P. or The Honourable (if cabinet minister) Jane Smith, P.C. (if cabinet minister), M.P.] House of Commons […]

    Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

    Source: The Globe and Mail | MICHELLE ZILIO AND GEOFFREY YORK International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights, possibly through a safe-abortion fund announced by the Netherlands this week that was in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s order banning U.S. funding for any organizations that […]

    Joint Statement on Trump’s Global Gag Rule Re-Enactment

    We, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn President Trump’s signing of the Global Gag Rule on January 23rd 2017, one of his first acts as President of the United States. During the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, the Global Gag Rule prohibited foreign NGOs receiving U.S. assistance related to family planning and […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    OHCHR Wants to Hear from You! Mapping the History and Achievements of Civil Society

    Imagining a World Without Participation: Mapping the History and Achievements of Civil Society June 2017 thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Source: OHCHR The space for civil society globally has shrunk dramatically over the last 10 years. In […]

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Canadian pro-choice site crashes on U.S. election night under fears restricted abortion access will force women to travel north

    Yahoo News | Terri Coles | November 16, 2016 On the night of Nov. 8, as the results of the American election crystallized, the website for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada crashed. “There was a huge, huge spike in traffic over Wednesday and Thursday in particular,” Joyce Arthur, executive director of the pro-choice political group, told Yahoo Canada News. […]

    Sept 28 WatchDog

    International Safe Abortion Day Watchdog Around the world, people are prevented from speaking out about and accessing a vital healthcare service: abortion. This is especially true of marginalised and minority groups, such as youth and adolescents, people living with disabilities, economically marginalised people, those who live in rural or remote locations, indigenous peoples, sex workers, […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    Irish rejection of 16 recommendations is raised at session of UN Human Rights Council

    The Government’s rejection of 16 recommendations from the United Nations on women’s reproductive rights was raised at a session of the UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday. Source: Irish Times | Kitty Holland Last May the Geneva-based committee adopted the “outcome report” of its universal periodic review (UPR) of Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on Human Rights. Ten […]

    The World Rallies to “End It. For Good.”

    Canada brings leaders from around the world to Montreal to pledge almost US$13 Billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Canadian civil society congratulates Canada for uniting world leaders in the fight against three of the world’s most devastating diseases MONTRÉAL 17 September 2016 – Today, in a show of commitment […]

    A Feminist Approach to Canada’s International Assistance

    On July 5th, 2016, the Women’s Rights Policy Group brought together 50 civil society and government representatives for a full-day dialogue. Its goals were to develop a common understanding of feminist approaches to international assistance, to assess the challenges, gaps and opportunities in Global Affairs Canada’s approach, and to develop a set of practical recommendations […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    OHCHR Releases New UPR Submission Guidelines

    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released new guidelines for stakeholder reports in the third cycle. While much of the requirements remain the same as previous cycles, there is an increased emphasis on implementation of existing recommendations.  The OHCHR has prepared matrices of existing recommendations for countries up for review […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Six takeaways for Canada from the world’s largest women’s rights conference

    Alia Dharssi | National Post | May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 7:42 PM ET Last week, from May 15 to 19, Copenhagen hosted the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the well-being, health and rights of women and girls. The event attracted luminaries like Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus, as […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    Opinion: Canada is Fighting to End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

    On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we’re failing at home. Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and, just last week, was instrumental […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Action Canada ED discusses Canada’s renewed UN Engagement

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with UN Secretary General to advocate women’s rights and equality. Executive director of Action Canada joins CTV News Channel on Tuesday March 15, 2016 to talk about the significance.

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    Ottawa gives new funding for international reproductive health program

    MICHELLE ZILIO OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 1:46PM EST Last updated Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 8:27PM EST The federal government announced millions of dollars in new funding for the lead United Nations agency tasked with improving global reproductive health Monday, but none of the money will go to funding abortion services […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Transforming our world: Canadian perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

    With 2016 comes the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted last September at the United Nations. At the time, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), put together a blog series through Huffington Post’s Development Unplugged to collect perspectives of Canadian experts, […]

    Opinion: Speech from the Throne: Canada’s moment to commit to refugee health care

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Hill Times Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inaugural Speech From the Throne comes at a critical moment in our history. Globally, we are more connected than ever. We are also witnessing one of the most significant refugee crises of our time. Far too often in emergency situations like these, […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    UN Goals Trigger Calls for Canadian Aid Reform

    Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal  Paul Christopher Webster, Toronto September 30, 2015 A set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations on Sept. 25 will require Ottawa to extensively reform its international aid strategies, global health experts warn. The 17 SDGs specify 169 targets, including ambitious goals to dramatically reduce child and maternal mortality, ensure universal […]

    Election 2015: Five questions we’ll be asking during the Munk Debate

    The Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy, Canada’s first-ever federal election debate devoted to foreign policy issues, will take place on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 PM EDT at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. Here are five questions we’ll be asking during the debate. Tune in online or on the Canadian Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) to watch the debate. 1. […]

    Call to Action: We Can Do Better!

    Canadians will head to the polls on October 19. And it’s time to ensure that candidates, from all political parties, hear from Canadians that they care about climate change, women’s rights, and ending poverty and global inequality. The lead-up to election-day is a time for action – time to put the We Can Do Better […]

    CSO Position on Uruguay’s Administrative Court Ruling

    Click here to read the statement in Spanish The Administrative Court’s ruling restricts the implementation of Uruguay’s abortion law (law number 18.987) by revoking the articles within its Regulatory Decree related to conscientious objection. The Administrative Court´s interpretation of the law is the most restrictive and conservative to date in relation to women’s rights. The […]

    Call to Action: Stand Firm and Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

    Support Amnesty International’s proposed policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work NSWP and the undersigned, including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International’s draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is to be tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    SRI Condemns HRC29 Resolution on “Protection of the Family”

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative condemns the adoption of the Protection of the Family resolution by the UN Human Rights […]

    OHCHR Information Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    The purpose of the information series is to provide detailed guidance for lawmakers, policymakers, judiciaries, health service providers, civil society and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Click here to access the series

    HRC Advances Rights of Women and Girls

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative welcomes the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of three resolutions that […]

    Intersectionality in LGBTI Advocacy

    Written by Fernando D’Elio of Akahata (with input from Neha Sood of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) as part of the 2015 ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia. Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) activism often does not account for the many contexts oppression is expressed in – for example, race, ethnicity, gender, […]

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    Action Canada Submission on Post-2015 Priorities to Government of Canada

    We welcome the Government of Canada’s (GoC) prioritization of MNCH and Accountability as two of Canada’s three Core priorities. We further welcome the identification of child, early and forced marriage and the empowerment of women and girls as important cross-cutting issues. Taking stock of remaining negotiations of the Post-2015 development agenda, we encourage the GoC, […]

    Opinion: Budget 2015: We can’t afford growing inequality

    Too little Canadian funding has been going to reproductive health care and family planning.   Sandeep Prasad, Julie Delahanty Originally Published in Embassy Published: Thursday, 04/16/2015 3:50 pm EDT Last Updated: Thursday, 04/16/2015 6:11 pm EDT A budget is about tough choices. It’s about prioritizing what we can and cannot afford. As the federal government is […]

    UN HRC adopts children’s rights resolution, calling for access to sexual and reproductive health services and CSE

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Originally published on the SRI Website. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) welcomes the adoption by the UN Human […]

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

    By Sandeep Prasad and MP Mylène Freeman* Originally published in the Montreal Gazette At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    Action Canada welcomes Civil Society Partnership Policy as positive step forward

    This past February 5, the Government of Canada announced the launch of the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy during the Canadian Council for International Cooperation Leaders’ Forum. The partnership policy represents a positive step toward civil society’s strengthened collaboration with the Government of Canada on development-related issues. It incorporates the feedback […]

    Call for Action to correct the harmful implementation of the Helms Amendment

    Click here to read the letter in PDF January 22, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, The undersigned organizations working to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in many countries around the world write to urge you to use your executive authority […]

    The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability

    Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda currently being negotiated at the United Nations in New York will dictate development strategies and influence aid flows for the foreseeable future. It is vital, therefore, that what is agreed during these discussions focuses on the means by which to improve the lives and opportunities of those seeking to escape […]

    Webinar: HIV, Gender, SRHR and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

    This webinar helps connect the dots and offers greater clarity in the complex three-year design process towards the post-2015 development agenda. Featured speakers present an overview of the process thus far and insight on how sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and HIV fit into this new global blueprint for sustainable development. Key issues, challenges […]

    Action Canada Joins over 100 organizations Up for Debate

    Alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, Action Canada is part of Up for Debate – a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Women in Canada have questions, Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    Accountability in Canada’s Muskoka Initiative questioned

    Source: The Lancet By Paul C Webster Is the Canadian Prime Minster’s billion dollar initiative for maternal, newborn, and child health failing to meet the standards it has urged on the rest of the world? Paul C Webster investigates. For decades, detailed information about Canadian aid projects has rarely been made public without lengthy, often futile […]

    Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health

    Source: The Globe and Mail By Kim Mackrael Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00AM EDT The federal government was rolling out a stimulus package aimed at kick-starting Canada’s flagging economy. Two of North America’s biggest car manufacturers had recently been bailed out, and there was widespread concern about whether some of the world’s major economies […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls

    Authored by Betty Plewes, Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls explores the kinds of programming that Canadian CSOs carry out in support of women and girls; the trends in international granting of Canadian foundations; and the funding trend for gender equality programs by CIDA/DFATD. The report provides a base of […]

    Integrating HRBA and Equitable Partnerships into Development Programming: Operationalizing the Istanbul Principles

    Source: Canadian Council for International Co-operation How do I integrate human rights into my development programming? And how do I ensure that current and future partnerships are equitable? To address these and other questions, CCIC has produced a Guide that provides concrete and practical tools to help organizations integrate a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into their development […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Analysis of Canada’s Refusal to Fund Abortion Services Abroad

    This brief was created by ACPD (now Action Canada) in response to Ministerial announcements regarding the Government of Canada’s refusal to fund abortion services abroad, even in case of sexual violence and for women and girls in early and forced marriages. The brief illustrates the importance of providing survivors of sexual violence and married young […]

    Press Release: UNFPA releases report on ‘Motherhood in Childhood’

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2013: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy – OCTOBER 30, 2013 Every year 18 million adolescent girls give birth in developing countries – 90% of them are married. In developing countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls […]

    The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing at the UN

      Source: World Federalist Movement-Canada   Preface   Warren Allmand The United Nations: A Respect for Human Rights is Essential for Peace When the United Nations was established in 1945, there was a strong belief that the new international order should be built on a foundation of human rights. The Charter included several significant provisions […]

    HRC 24 Statement on Canada’s response to UPR recommendations

    Statement made during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ACPD (now Action Canada), Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada) and the Sexual Rights Initiative.   Thank you Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and our national-level partner, Canadians for Choice. Our organizations remain […]

    Abortion Restrictions in U.S. Foreign Aid: The History and Harms of the Helms Amendment

    Source: Guttmacher Policy Review Summer 2013, Volume 16, Number 3 By Sneha Barot Forty years ago, in the wake of Roe v. Wade, Congress enacted the Helms amendment to restrict U.S. foreign aid from going toward abortion. Specifically, the policy prohibits foreign assistance from paying for the “performance of abortion as a method of family […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

    Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the […]

    NGO Response to UN Report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

    Dear Secretary-General: We civil society organisations 1, working to promote human rights relating to women’s and children’s health, welcome Keeping Promises, Measuring Results, the report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which was established to ensure oversight of the Global Strategy you launched last year.2 We welcome in particular the centrality given […]

    WHO Technical Opinion in response to ACPD request

    The Technical opinion is in response to a request made by Ms. Catherine McDonald, Executive Director of Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD – now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) to the World Health Organization (WHO). At the time of request, the Prime Minister’s signature G8 initiative was the subject of inquiries […]

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  • HIV and AIDS

    HIV is the virus that can lead to AIDS. HIV attacks the immune system, reducing bodily immunities and the ability to fight diseases and infections. While there is no cure for HIV, people with HIV can lead full, long lives thanks to major advances in treatment and care.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    The World Rallies to “End It. For Good.”

    Canada brings leaders from around the world to Montreal to pledge almost US$13 Billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Canadian civil society congratulates Canada for uniting world leaders in the fight against three of the world’s most devastating diseases MONTRÉAL 17 September 2016 – Today, in a show of commitment […]

    Resource toolkit for service providers working with mothers living with HIV

    The Supporting Mothers in Ways that Work forum was held in Vancouver, BC in September 2014. The purpose of this forum was to bring together health and social service providers, women living with HIV and researchers from across BC to discuss issues and strengthen regional networks to enhance services for mothers living with HIV. Rather than […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Action Canada joins Fight for $15 & Fairness in calling for paid sick leave and job protection

    Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to job-protection and paid sick leave. Many cannot afford to take a sick day. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness alongside health workers and advocates in calling on the government to guarantee paid sick leave and job-protected leave to all workers […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    WHO Policy brief: Transgender people and HIV

    Source: World Health Organization The WHO technical brief summarizes essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender populations. The 2011 WHO guidance, Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people, did not separate recommendations for transgender […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

    Webinar: HIV, Gender, SRHR and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

    This webinar helps connect the dots and offers greater clarity in the complex three-year design process towards the post-2015 development agenda. Featured speakers present an overview of the process thus far and insight on how sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and HIV fit into this new global blueprint for sustainable development. Key issues, challenges […]

    Three stories worth appreciating this World AIDS Day

    Source: Positive Women’s Network by Erin Seatter | @erinlynds With each impending World AIDS Day, I tend to take stock of how far we are from where we need to be. The litany of injustices requiring redress, empirically proven measures awaiting implementation, solutions hampered only by the narrow interests of those holding political power—these can […]

    Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: UNESCO Bangkok To-date, there has been no systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to SRH/HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. This review aims to do so. It assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • HPV

    HPV is a viral infection and common STI. It is spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Some forms of HPV cause genital warts. Other forms can lead to cervical cancer in women. Two vaccines are available to prevent HPV types that cause most cervical cancers.

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

  • Human Rights Council

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    SRI Condemns HRC29 Resolution on “Protection of the Family”

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative condemns the adoption of the Protection of the Family resolution by the UN Human Rights […]

    OHCHR Information Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    The purpose of the information series is to provide detailed guidance for lawmakers, policymakers, judiciaries, health service providers, civil society and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Click here to access the series

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    UN HRC adopts children’s rights resolution, calling for access to sexual and reproductive health services and CSE

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Originally published on the SRI Website. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) welcomes the adoption by the UN Human […]

    The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability

    Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda currently being negotiated at the United Nations in New York will dictate development strategies and influence aid flows for the foreseeable future. It is vital, therefore, that what is agreed during these discussions focuses on the means by which to improve the lives and opportunities of those seeking to escape […]

    Lessons From the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review

    Developed by the UNFPA and based on research and analysis conducted by ACPD on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), the report examines the role the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism can play in advancing the realization of human rights related to sexuality and gender at the global, regional and country levels. Included among […]

    Canada once again disappoints women, survivors of sexual violence

    Action Canada for Population and Development reports back from 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council   Governments and civil society organizations are once again calling into question Canada’s leadership on the Violence Against Women (VAW) resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. During this most recent session of the Council, which took place in June 2014, […]

    SRI analysis of the language of ‘child, early and forced’ marriage

    In preparation of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the Sexual Rights Initiative (of which Action Canada is a member) produced an analysis of the terminology of child, early and forced marriage from the international human rights law and UN policy perspectives. During this session, the Council adopted Resolution 24/23 on the subject […]

    HRC 24 Statement on Canada’s response to UPR recommendations

    Statement made during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ACPD (now Action Canada), Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada) and the Sexual Rights Initiative.   Thank you Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and our national-level partner, Canadians for Choice. Our organizations remain […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Sexual Rights & The Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for Advocates

    This innovative toolkit was developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between IPPF and the Sexual Rights Initiative to advance sexual rights and reproductive rights through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This toolkit is designed to assist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum which […]

    Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the […]

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    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Planned Parenthood Regina wins award for Indigenous outreach program

    Source: CBC Saskatchewan Program has so far reached 830 youth, 10 community agencies Planned Parenthood Regina was recently recognized for its work increasing Indigenous leadership at the organization and reaching out to Indigenous populations. The Manachiwasin program, which means “respect self,” focused on delivering culturally appropriate sexual health information to six Regina community schools with high […]

    2016 Bentley Award Winners!

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Planned Parenthood Regina (first place) and Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre (second place)! We received a strong number of applications but Planned Parenthood Regina’s “Manachiwasin” (respect self) program […]

    Joint Submission to Human Rights Council: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights make this submission in response to the resolution of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/30/40 on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples which calls for submissions on the right to health and Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on children and youth. […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    How is the Trudeau government doing on women’s rights?

    BY ALYSE KOTYK | NOVEMBER 23, 2015  | RABBLE  As Justin Trudeau’s government settles in, women’s rights groups look to this new leadership for action on important women’s issues. In the mandate letter he wrote to the Minister of the Status of Women, Trudeau outlined several ways he promises to promote gender equality and safety for women. […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia, Canada

    Produced by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the report addresses the situation of missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia, Canada. It analyzes the context in which indigenous women have gone missing and been murdered over the past several years and the response to this human rights issue by the Canadian State. The […]

    Action Canada Joins over 100 organizations Up for Debate

    Alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, Action Canada is part of Up for Debate – a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Women in Canada have questions, Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer […]

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network Testimony to UN on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network testimony submitted to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Expert Group Meetings Click here to read the testimony

    HRC 24 Statement on Canada’s response to UPR recommendations

    Statement made during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ACPD (now Action Canada), Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada) and the Sexual Rights Initiative.   Thank you Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and our national-level partner, Canadians for Choice. Our organizations remain […]

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    CPD48 Statement on Lack of Resolution

    At the end of two weeks of thought-provoking and intense discussions, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded on April 17, 2015 without a resolution. On the final day, the chair produced a well-balanced text reflective of the various positions staked by governments, but to everyone’s surprise, this text was suddenly withdrawn by the […]

    The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

    Source: United Nations Synthesis report of the Secretary General on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda Click here to read the report

    Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

    Source: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. It […]

    Webinar: HIV, Gender, SRHR and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

    This webinar helps connect the dots and offers greater clarity in the complex three-year design process towards the post-2015 development agenda. Featured speakers present an overview of the process thus far and insight on how sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and HIV fit into this new global blueprint for sustainable development. Key issues, challenges […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: UNESCO Bangkok To-date, there has been no systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to SRH/HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. This review aims to do so. It assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, […]

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  • Intersex

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    Free and Equal Campaign: Intersex Factsheet

    Source: Free and Equal Campaign Intersex people are born with sex characteristics that do not fit typical binary notions of male or female bodies. Being intersex is much more common than most people think – according to experts there are as many intersex people as there are red haired people. Because their bodies are seen […]

  • Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

    Maternal mortality is the death of a woman during pregnancy, delivery, or six weeks following delivery. Maternal morbidity infers life-threatening complications of pregnancy during or within 42 days of pregnancy. Preventable maternal mortality occurs where a failure to realize women’s rights to health, equality and non-discrimination exists.

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities

    Developed by the CCPHE and University of British Columbia, the publication describes guiding principles, and the practices that are required for optimal child and maternal health inside a correctional facility, including the correctional context, pregnancy, birth, education, correctional and medical care, discharge planning and community partner engagement. Click here to read the publication

    Accountability in Canada’s Muskoka Initiative questioned

    Source: The Lancet By Paul C Webster Is the Canadian Prime Minster’s billion dollar initiative for maternal, newborn, and child health failing to meet the standards it has urged on the rest of the world? Paul C Webster investigates. For decades, detailed information about Canadian aid projects has rarely been made public without lengthy, often futile […]

    Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health

    Source: The Globe and Mail By Kim Mackrael Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00AM EDT The federal government was rolling out a stimulus package aimed at kick-starting Canada’s flagging economy. Two of North America’s biggest car manufacturers had recently been bailed out, and there was widespread concern about whether some of the world’s major economies […]

    Ghosts of abortion debate haunt maternal, child health summit

    Source: Embassy News Published on Wednesday, 05/14/2014 12:00 am EDT By Kristen Shane Sexual and reproductive health needs more attention, say some development workers The same concerns about a lack of funding for safe abortions and sexual and reproductive health that bubbled up four years ago when Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared maternal, child and newborn health […]

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Sandeep Prasad on UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report

    During the Ottawa launch of the 2013 UNFPA State of World Population Report, Executive Director of ACPD (now Action Canada), Sandeep Prasad spoke to the role Canada could be playing to addressing adolescent pregnancy overseas. This is not a theoretical report.  It sets out the commitments relating specifically to adolescent girls that were made in 1994 by […]

    Press Release: UNFPA releases report on ‘Motherhood in Childhood’

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2013: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy – OCTOBER 30, 2013 Every year 18 million adolescent girls give birth in developing countries – 90% of them are married. In developing countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

    NGO Response to UN Report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

    Dear Secretary-General: We civil society organisations 1, working to promote human rights relating to women’s and children’s health, welcome Keeping Promises, Measuring Results, the report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which was established to ensure oversight of the Global Strategy you launched last year.2 We welcome in particular the centrality given […]

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    Action Canada works to foster regular attention by Canadian Parliamentarians to sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in Canada and globally.

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    International health advocates in Ottawa to discuss Trump’s ‘global gag rule’

    Reproductive and sexual health organizations grapple with loss of funding By Idil Mussa, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 6:52 AM ET International health advocates are gathering in Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss reproductive and sexual health in Latin America and the Caribbean in light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reinstatement […]

    Take Action: Trump’s Global Gag Rule

    1. Click here to Find your MP using your postal code 2. Click here to download the sample letter in Word 3. No postage is required to send mail to MP parliamentary (Ottawa) offices [Date] [Ms. Jane Smith, M.P. or The Honourable (if cabinet minister) Jane Smith, P.C. (if cabinet minister), M.P.] House of Commons […]

    Canada considering global fund to counter Trump abortion directive

    Source: The Globe and Mail | MICHELLE ZILIO AND GEOFFREY YORK International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canada will increase its funding for global sexual and reproductive rights, possibly through a safe-abortion fund announced by the Netherlands this week that was in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s order banning U.S. funding for any organizations that […]

    New year, new choices for Canadian women?

    Source: Hamilton Spectator | Margaret Shkimba Last September I attended a women’s health conference here in Hamilton hosted by the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Each presentation could be a column on its own, and I’ll write more about those other topics in future columns. But today I want to talk about the drug Mifegymiso. […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    The Canadian Politician Who Killed the Tampon Tax Wants to Make Birth Control Free

    By Hilary Beaumont | VICE News The NDP is trying to drum up support for a motion that, if adopted by the Liberals, would provide free prescription birth control to women and trans people. After successfully pushing the Conservative government to remove the federal tax on tampons last year, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen is now setting her […]

    Take Action: Help guarantee real access to the new abortion pill!

    Mifegymiso is the World Health Organization’s gold standard of medical abortion and since 2005, has been on its list of essential drugs. It has the potential to increase access across Canada. Click here to learn more

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    The World Rallies to “End It. For Good.”

    Canada brings leaders from around the world to Montreal to pledge almost US$13 Billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Canadian civil society congratulates Canada for uniting world leaders in the fight against three of the world’s most devastating diseases MONTRÉAL 17 September 2016 – Today, in a show of commitment […]

    Will this new pill make abortion more accessible in Canada?

    TVO | Published on Aug 12, 2016 by Terri Coles Ontario doctors may be able to prescribe and distribute a Health Canada-approved abortion drug by as early as this fall, but some activists and researchers say federal conditions on its use will do little to make pregnancy termination available to the many women who live far from […]

    A Feminist Approach to Canada’s International Assistance

    On July 5th, 2016, the Women’s Rights Policy Group brought together 50 civil society and government representatives for a full-day dialogue. Its goals were to develop a common understanding of feminist approaches to international assistance, to assess the challenges, gaps and opportunities in Global Affairs Canada’s approach, and to develop a set of practical recommendations […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Will you speak up during Canada’s review on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women?

    From 24 October to 18 November, the government of Canada will be reviewed on its efforts to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Here’s a list of issues that will guide Canada’s review. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) are invited to submit reports up to a […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Opinion: Is Canada Finally Moving Forward on Trans Rights?

    Originally published in the Huffington Post After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that […]

    Six takeaways for Canada from the world’s largest women’s rights conference

    Alia Dharssi | National Post | May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 7:42 PM ET Last week, from May 15 to 19, Copenhagen hosted the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the well-being, health and rights of women and girls. The event attracted luminaries like Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus, as […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    Abortion Pill in Canada – There’s a Problem

    Action Canada’s Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to New Talk 610’s Larry Fedoruk about Mifegymiso and ongoing barriers to access to abortion services across Canada.

    Opinion: Canada is Fighting to End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

    On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we’re failing at home. Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and, just last week, was instrumental […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Action Canada ED discusses Canada’s renewed UN Engagement

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with UN Secretary General to advocate women’s rights and equality. Executive director of Action Canada joins CTV News Channel on Tuesday March 15, 2016 to talk about the significance.

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    Ottawa gives new funding for international reproductive health program

    MICHELLE ZILIO OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 1:46PM EST Last updated Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 8:27PM EST The federal government announced millions of dollars in new funding for the lead United Nations agency tasked with improving global reproductive health Monday, but none of the money will go to funding abortion services […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

    Dear Ministers Wilson-Raybould, Dion, Joly and Bibeau, We write urgently on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations who are in Geneva attending the review of Canada’s compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We are deeply disappointed that Canada is repeating the position it took in 1998 that the Charter of […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Transforming our world: Canadian perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

    With 2016 comes the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted last September at the United Nations. At the time, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), put together a blog series through Huffington Post’s Development Unplugged to collect perspectives of Canadian experts, […]

    How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access in Canada

    By Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad Originally posted on the Huffington Post Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where […]

    Opinion: Speech from the Throne: Canada’s moment to commit to refugee health care

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Hill Times Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inaugural Speech From the Throne comes at a critical moment in our history. Globally, we are more connected than ever. We are also witnessing one of the most significant refugee crises of our time. Far too often in emergency situations like these, […]

    How is the Trudeau government doing on women’s rights?

    BY ALYSE KOTYK | NOVEMBER 23, 2015  | RABBLE  As Justin Trudeau’s government settles in, women’s rights groups look to this new leadership for action on important women’s issues. In the mandate letter he wrote to the Minister of the Status of Women, Trudeau outlined several ways he promises to promote gender equality and safety for women. […]

    New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

    Originally published in the CATIE blog By Frédérique Chabot and Sarah Kennell It’s been a long and winding campaign trail and like most of the country, we’re waiting in anticipation to see what this new government will do. In the lead up to the election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights produced aseries of […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Election 2015: Sexual Health and Rights Recap

    It has been a long and winding campaign trail, but here we are with 2 weeks to go. To help keep track of everything that’s happened these last two months, we’ve put together a sexual and reproductive health and rights recap of the election to date. 1. Up for Debate: Starting to mobilize Feminist and […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    Election 2015: Five questions we’ll be asking during the Munk Debate

    The Munk Debate on Canada’s Foreign Policy, Canada’s first-ever federal election debate devoted to foreign policy issues, will take place on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 PM EDT at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall. Here are five questions we’ll be asking during the debate. Tune in online or on the Canadian Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) to watch the debate. 1. […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health

    Source: The Globe and Mail By Kim Mackrael Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00AM EDT The federal government was rolling out a stimulus package aimed at kick-starting Canada’s flagging economy. Two of North America’s biggest car manufacturers had recently been bailed out, and there was widespread concern about whether some of the world’s major economies […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Women’s rights organizations call on Canada to implement outcomes from recent UN Commission on the Status of Women

    April 3, 2014 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations, welcome the Government of Canada’s participation in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York, March […]

    Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls

    Authored by Betty Plewes, Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls explores the kinds of programming that Canadian CSOs carry out in support of women and girls; the trends in international granting of Canadian foundations; and the funding trend for gender equality programs by CIDA/DFATD. The report provides a base of […]

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Press Release: UNFPA releases report on ‘Motherhood in Childhood’

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2013: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy – OCTOBER 30, 2013 Every year 18 million adolescent girls give birth in developing countries – 90% of them are married. In developing countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Press Release: Canada blocking efforts at the UN to address sexual violence against women

    Ottawa/Geneva – June 7 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).   In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution […]

    Statement before the Senate Committee on Human Rights

    In February 2012, ACPD (now Action Canada) appeared before the Senate Committee on Human Rights to deliver the following statement.   Thank you, Madam Chair. Honourable Senators, good evening.  It’s a great privilege to once again appear before this Committee as a witness.  I’ve appeared before the Committee twice previously when it was looking at […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Call to Action: We Can Do Better!

    Canadians will head to the polls on October 19. And it’s time to ensure that candidates, from all political parties, hear from Canadians that they care about climate change, women’s rights, and ending poverty and global inequality. The lead-up to election-day is a time for action – time to put the We Can Do Better […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    Action Canada Submission on Post-2015 Priorities to Government of Canada

    We welcome the Government of Canada’s (GoC) prioritization of MNCH and Accountability as two of Canada’s three Core priorities. We further welcome the identification of child, early and forced marriage and the empowerment of women and girls as important cross-cutting issues. Taking stock of remaining negotiations of the Post-2015 development agenda, we encourage the GoC, […]

    Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

    By Sandeep Prasad and MP Mylène Freeman* Originally published in the Montreal Gazette At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Submission to Post-2015 Consultation on Inequalities and LGBTIQ People

    The submission, prepared by ACPD (now Action Canada), supports the analysis of other contributors that the root causes of the inequalities and human rights violations faced by LGBTI persons are patriarchy and the resulting heteronormativity and gender norms. It alsos support the analysis that other forms of marginalization, such as on the basis of race, […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is the period from conception to birth. For many women, the first sign can be missing a menstrual period or her period may be lighter or shorter than usual. For more information or if you have specific questions, contact your local Associate Organisation.

    Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities

    Developed by the CCPHE and University of British Columbia, the publication describes guiding principles, and the practices that are required for optimal child and maternal health inside a correctional facility, including the correctional context, pregnancy, birth, education, correctional and medical care, discharge planning and community partner engagement. Click here to read the publication

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Sandeep Prasad on UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report

    During the Ottawa launch of the 2013 UNFPA State of World Population Report, Executive Director of ACPD (now Action Canada), Sandeep Prasad spoke to the role Canada could be playing to addressing adolescent pregnancy overseas. This is not a theoretical report.  It sets out the commitments relating specifically to adolescent girls that were made in 1994 by […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • Reproductive Health

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Civil Society Organizations stand with the “She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative”

    As civil society organizations, we applaud the She Decides initiative and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Fund the abortion pill under OHIP! #FreeChoice

    At long last, the medical abortion pill Mifegymiso is available in Canada, but the barriers are too high. Costing over $400 in Ottawa, it’s not an option for most people. Surgical abortion – which costs the province $800 to $2000 –  is covered by OHIP, but depending on where you live, it can be difficult […]

    International health advocates in Ottawa to discuss Trump’s ‘global gag rule’

    Reproductive and sexual health organizations grapple with loss of funding By Idil Mussa, CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 6:52 AM ET International health advocates are gathering in Ottawa on Tuesday to discuss reproductive and sexual health in Latin America and the Caribbean in light of U.S. President Donald Trump’s reinstatement […]

    How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard

    As reproductive rights come under assault in the U.S., the story of new pregnancy-termination medication reveals continuing barriers to reproductive health for Canadian women Anne Kingston | Maclean’s Few drugs have arrived in Canada accompanied by more fanfare, delays, hope, controversy and politicking than Mifegymiso, the pregnancy-termination medication approved by Health Canada in 2015 after a […]

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    SRH Week 2017 is here!

    This year, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) will take place from February 12-18 with the theme: Ready for some pillow talk? The 2017 campaign will build on last year’s “What’s Your Relationship Status” campaign by asking health care providers and clients/patients to “start the conversation” for the best possible care. Open communication between […]

    Upcoming Workshop: Effective Community Collaborations in Sexual Health and Rights

    A three-module workshop for service providers, community stakeholders, government and non-government actors working to advance sexual health and rights. Presented by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in collaboration with the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, the workshop on community development and collaborations in the field of sexual health and rights […]

    2016 Bentley Award Winners!

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Planned Parenthood Regina (first place) and Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre (second place)! We received a strong number of applications but Planned Parenthood Regina’s “Manachiwasin” (respect self) program […]

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    This Giving Tuesday Help Cut the Strings on Access to Abortion!

    Together we can deliver on the promise of accessible abortion care in Canada. Will you take a moment now and support our efforts? Access to abortion varies greatly by region, and some people, particularly those in rural and remote areas, must travel thousands of kilometers to get the health care they need. Health Canada has […]

    Canadian pro-choice site crashes on U.S. election night under fears restricted abortion access will force women to travel north

    Yahoo News | Terri Coles | November 16, 2016 On the night of Nov. 8, as the results of the American election crystallized, the website for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada crashed. “There was a huge, huge spike in traffic over Wednesday and Thursday in particular,” Joyce Arthur, executive director of the pro-choice political group, told Yahoo Canada News. […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    Press Release: 10 – How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age

    For immediate release The report entitled 10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age, is a timely call to action. Gender inequality is a real barrier to human rights and the most pressing obstacle to realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender norms and practices place girls at a significant disadvantage. […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    Take Action: Help guarantee real access to the new abortion pill!

    Mifegymiso is the World Health Organization’s gold standard of medical abortion and since 2005, has been on its list of essential drugs. It has the potential to increase access across Canada. Click here to learn more

    Abortion pill access, coverage lacking in Canada, advocates say

    Terri Coles | Daily Brew | October 5, 2016 | Yahoo News An upcoming cost-effectiveness review for mifepristone, otherwise known as the abortion pill, could lead to provincial funding for the medication and widen access to the drug for those seeking it. But the move would still leave up to one-third of Canadian women without coverage for […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Broader access to safe abortion soon available in Canada, if you can clear the hurdles

    By Kylie Kendall | Rabble | May 25, 2016 Canadians’ options for safe abortion access will soon broaden, once a new drug,approved last July by Health Canada, hits the marketreportedly this July. Mifepristone, marketed in Canada under the brand name Mifegymiso, is a pill that, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, induces an abortion. It’s a method […]

    Six takeaways for Canada from the world’s largest women’s rights conference

    Alia Dharssi | National Post | May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 7:42 PM ET Last week, from May 15 to 19, Copenhagen hosted the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the well-being, health and rights of women and girls. The event attracted luminaries like Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus, as […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Maternal, child health: bureaucrats bolster Liberals’ family-planning focus

    Family planning and access to reproductive health services and rights are needed to round out the initiative, a departmental evaluation says. By CHELSEA NASH PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:00 AM | The Hill Times An internal departmental evaluation of the Harper government’s signature foreign-aid initiative appears to bolster the Liberal party’decision to put […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    Ottawa gives new funding for international reproductive health program

    MICHELLE ZILIO OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 1:46PM EST Last updated Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 8:27PM EST The federal government announced millions of dollars in new funding for the lead United Nations agency tasked with improving global reproductive health Monday, but none of the money will go to funding abortion services […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    That’s a Wrap: SRH Week 2016

    February 8th to the 12th was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme What’s Your Relationship Status? Positive relationships between health care providers (like doctors and nurses) and patients/clients foster better health outcomes and access to services. It’s important to work together toward healthy bodies, healthy communities and healthy partnerships! Did you miss this year’s sexual […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    What’s Your Relationship Status?

    by Executive Director Sandeep Prasad, originally published in The Huffington Post Thirteen years ago, February 12th became Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day — an awareness raising campaign launched by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights). The idea behind the […]

    Press Release: Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2016

    5 February 2016 For immediate release Canada – The week of February 8th to 12th is national Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). This year’s theme is “What’s Your Relationship Status?” in recognition of the important relationship(s) between health care patients/clients and health care providers. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action […]

    A New Abortion Pill Will be Available in Canada Soon, But It’s Not a Simple Solution to Access

    Source: Vice Magazine By Grace Lisa Scott After a two-year-long approval process, the abortion pill will finally be available in Canada this spring. But with restrictions and cost issues, it won’t be an immediate solution to Canada’s access to abortion problems. Sold under the name Mifegymiso (known better for its US name RU-486), the abortion […]

    Barriers to Birth Control Access in Canada

    Interview featuring Action Canada Health Information Officer Frédérique Chabot Source: Beyond the Headlines Effective contraception methods are underutilized in Canada, as women face barriers when accessing reproductive health care. In this episode, we explore how this poses the problem that in an advanced nation such as Canada, women are still facing difficulties obtaining and using […]

    How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access in Canada

    By Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad Originally posted on the Huffington Post Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where […]

    Shelter from the Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world

    More than 100 million  people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Among those displaced by conflict or uprooted by disaster are an estimated 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. The UNFPA State of World Population 2015 is a call […]

    Media Release: Health providers take to the streets for paid sick days on November 19

    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 19, 2015) – Doctors handing out free tissues by subway exits is not something one sees every day, but that’s what health providers did today outside the Queen’s Park subway station to draw attention to their call for at least seven legislated paid sick days for Ontario workers. Standing where Toronto’s […]

    All Workers Deserve Equal Access To Paid Sick Days

    Originally published on Huffington Post By Sandeep Prasad November means the start of both the flu season – a time when health care providers may advise many of us to stay home when sick – and of a month of action in support of paid sick days for all workers. Millions of workers across Ontario […]

    Action Canada joins Fight for $15 & Fairness in calling for paid sick leave and job protection

    Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to job-protection and paid sick leave. Many cannot afford to take a sick day. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness alongside health workers and advocates in calling on the government to guarantee paid sick leave and job-protected leave to all workers […]

    Election 2015: Sexual Health and Rights Recap

    It has been a long and winding campaign trail, but here we are with 2 weeks to go. To help keep track of everything that’s happened these last two months, we’ve put together a sexual and reproductive health and rights recap of the election to date. 1. Up for Debate: Starting to mobilize Feminist and […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    CSO Position on Uruguay’s Administrative Court Ruling

    Click here to read the statement in Spanish The Administrative Court’s ruling restricts the implementation of Uruguay’s abortion law (law number 18.987) by revoking the articles within its Regulatory Decree related to conscientious objection. The Administrative Court´s interpretation of the law is the most restrictive and conservative to date in relation to women’s rights. The […]

    WHO Guidelines: Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception

    Source: World Health Organization Planned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can have a range of benefits. It can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health-care professionals, improve equity in access to health care and increase the acceptability of health services for those receiving them. […]

    Action Canada welcomes Health Canada’s approval of Mifepristone

      For immediate release: Yesterday, Health Canada approved the use of the medical-abortion drug mifepristone (RU-486), which will increase the availability of medical abortion (sometimes referred to as medication abortion) across Canada. This medication is already available in nearly 60 countries and, in some cases, has been available for over 30 years. Action Canada for […]

    RU-486: What you need to know about the recently approved abortion pill

    Source: CBC News By Sheena Goodyear The RU-486 abortion pill has been approved for prescription use in Canada, some 25 years after it was made available for women in France, and after a 2½-year review by Health Canada. Here’s what you need to know about RU-486, manufactured by Linepharma International Limited: Why is this decision important? With controversy in some parts of […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    City pulls funding for birth control clinic founded by Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw

    Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton is a former Action Canada associate organization.  Source: Hamilton Spectator By Joel OpHardt Canada’s first birth control clinic, started in Hamilton nearly 85 years ago, is closing its doors. At the end of the month, Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton, the organization that Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw helped turn into […]

    Opinion: Explicit and formal guarantees on abortion needed in Bill 20

    Originally published in the Montreal Gazette By Sandeep Prasad It’s not a good year to have a uterus in Quebec. Setbacks to reproductive health care in the province continue to be rolled out one after another. Bill 20 is putting reproductive options under fire, weakening service availability in Quebec by limiting physician time allocations for […]

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    SRH Week 2015: That’s a wrap!

    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Awareness Week 2015 was a huge success! Thanks for helping to spread the word on how to #HeartYourParts. The website www.srhweek.ca will be available year round and we want to keep hearing from you. Tweet @srhweek, find the campaign on Facebook or click here to send an email. Until then, […]

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

    Action Canada Celebrates Anniversary of 1988 Supreme Court Decision

    28 January 2015 – As Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision (often referred to as the Morgentaler Decision) that changed the face of reproductive health in Canada. The decision, which recognized Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional and a violation of a woman’s right to life, liberty and […]

    Call for Action to correct the harmful implementation of the Helms Amendment

    Click here to read the letter in PDF January 22, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, The undersigned organizations working to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in many countries around the world write to urge you to use your executive authority […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    Accountability in Canada’s Muskoka Initiative questioned

    Source: The Lancet By Paul C Webster Is the Canadian Prime Minster’s billion dollar initiative for maternal, newborn, and child health failing to meet the standards it has urged on the rest of the world? Paul C Webster investigates. For decades, detailed information about Canadian aid projects has rarely been made public without lengthy, often futile […]

    Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health

    Source: The Globe and Mail By Kim Mackrael Published Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:00AM EDT The federal government was rolling out a stimulus package aimed at kick-starting Canada’s flagging economy. Two of North America’s biggest car manufacturers had recently been bailed out, and there was widespread concern about whether some of the world’s major economies […]

    Ghosts of abortion debate haunt maternal, child health summit

    Source: Embassy News Published on Wednesday, 05/14/2014 12:00 am EDT By Kristen Shane Sexual and reproductive health needs more attention, say some development workers The same concerns about a lack of funding for safe abortions and sexual and reproductive health that bubbled up four years ago when Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared maternal, child and newborn health […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: UNESCO Bangkok To-date, there has been no systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to SRH/HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. This review aims to do so. It assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, […]

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

    WHO Technical Opinion in response to ACPD request

    The Technical opinion is in response to a request made by Ms. Catherine McDonald, Executive Director of Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD – now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) to the World Health Organization (WHO). At the time of request, the Prime Minister’s signature G8 initiative was the subject of inquiries […]

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  • Reproductive Rights

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    Civil Society Organizations stand with the “She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative”

    As civil society organizations, we applaud the She Decides initiative and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Fund the abortion pill under OHIP! #FreeChoice

    At long last, the medical abortion pill Mifegymiso is available in Canada, but the barriers are too high. Costing over $400 in Ottawa, it’s not an option for most people. Surgical abortion – which costs the province $800 to $2000 –  is covered by OHIP, but depending on where you live, it can be difficult […]

    How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard

    As reproductive rights come under assault in the U.S., the story of new pregnancy-termination medication reveals continuing barriers to reproductive health for Canadian women Anne Kingston | Maclean’s Few drugs have arrived in Canada accompanied by more fanfare, delays, hope, controversy and politicking than Mifegymiso, the pregnancy-termination medication approved by Health Canada in 2015 after a […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Upcoming Workshop: Effective Community Collaborations in Sexual Health and Rights

    A three-module workshop for service providers, community stakeholders, government and non-government actors working to advance sexual health and rights. Presented by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in collaboration with the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, the workshop on community development and collaborations in the field of sexual health and rights […]

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    This Giving Tuesday Help Cut the Strings on Access to Abortion!

    Together we can deliver on the promise of accessible abortion care in Canada. Will you take a moment now and support our efforts? Access to abortion varies greatly by region, and some people, particularly those in rural and remote areas, must travel thousands of kilometers to get the health care they need. Health Canada has […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Canadian pro-choice site crashes on U.S. election night under fears restricted abortion access will force women to travel north

    Yahoo News | Terri Coles | November 16, 2016 On the night of Nov. 8, as the results of the American election crystallized, the website for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada crashed. “There was a huge, huge spike in traffic over Wednesday and Thursday in particular,” Joyce Arthur, executive director of the pro-choice political group, told Yahoo Canada News. […]

    Take Action: Help guarantee real access to the new abortion pill!

    Mifegymiso is the World Health Organization’s gold standard of medical abortion and since 2005, has been on its list of essential drugs. It has the potential to increase access across Canada. Click here to learn more

    Abortion pill access, coverage lacking in Canada, advocates say

    Terri Coles | Daily Brew | October 5, 2016 | Yahoo News An upcoming cost-effectiveness review for mifepristone, otherwise known as the abortion pill, could lead to provincial funding for the medication and widen access to the drug for those seeking it. But the move would still leave up to one-third of Canadian women without coverage for […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    Opinion: How serious is Trudeau about women’s reproductive rights?

    Opinion by Sandeep Prasad, Anu Kumar | Published in Ricochet Trudeau’s feminism has been put to the test since day one of his election. Today, on the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, it’s time for the Canadian government to turn words into action. While this new government continues to make inroads […]

    AWID Forum: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council

    Will you be at the 2016 AWID Forum? Don’t miss our panel alongside our SRI partners: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council: 10 years past and onwards   Location: Ala Mar-Porto Seguro 1-3 Date: 10 September 2016 Time: 2:30PM-4:00PM

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Action Canada talks Mifepristone

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to Morning Mixtape about sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and the newly approved Mifepristone. Rough Cuts by Morning Mixtape is a selection of live interviews cropped from our daily morning show, Morning Mixtape. Live Mon-Fri 8-10am , on the AM dial at the 1280 frequency, or stream […]

    Broader access to safe abortion soon available in Canada, if you can clear the hurdles

    By Kylie Kendall | Rabble | May 25, 2016 Canadians’ options for safe abortion access will soon broaden, once a new drug,approved last July by Health Canada, hits the marketreportedly this July. Mifepristone, marketed in Canada under the brand name Mifegymiso, is a pill that, when taken with another drug called misoprostol, induces an abortion. It’s a method […]

    Six takeaways for Canada from the world’s largest women’s rights conference

    Alia Dharssi | National Post | May 20, 2016 | Last Updated: May 20 7:42 PM ET Last week, from May 15 to 19, Copenhagen hosted the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the well-being, health and rights of women and girls. The event attracted luminaries like Melinda Gates and Muhammad Yunus, as […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    CESCR Day Two: Will Canada step up to the plate tomorrow? Or stay on the bench?

    Canada is all set to appear before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights beginning tomorrow, at 3:00PM Geneva time (9:00AM EDT). This will be a key moment to assess the government on the steps it has taken, or not taken, to meet its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

    Dear Ministers Wilson-Raybould, Dion, Joly and Bibeau, We write urgently on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations who are in Geneva attending the review of Canada’s compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We are deeply disappointed that Canada is repeating the position it took in 1998 that the Charter of […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Action Canada Submission to 57th CESCR for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights for Canada’s review during the 57th Session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural (herein referred to as the ‘Committee’), taking place from February 22nd to March 4th The report examines violations of articles 2, 12 and 13 of the International […]

    A New Abortion Pill Will be Available in Canada Soon, But It’s Not a Simple Solution to Access

    Source: Vice Magazine By Grace Lisa Scott After a two-year-long approval process, the abortion pill will finally be available in Canada this spring. But with restrictions and cost issues, it won’t be an immediate solution to Canada’s access to abortion problems. Sold under the name Mifegymiso (known better for its US name RU-486), the abortion […]

    How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access in Canada

    By Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad Originally posted on the Huffington Post Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Election 2015: Sexual Health and Rights Recap

    It has been a long and winding campaign trail, but here we are with 2 weeks to go. To help keep track of everything that’s happened these last two months, we’ve put together a sexual and reproductive health and rights recap of the election to date. 1. Up for Debate: Starting to mobilize Feminist and […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    CSO Position on Uruguay’s Administrative Court Ruling

    Click here to read the statement in Spanish The Administrative Court’s ruling restricts the implementation of Uruguay’s abortion law (law number 18.987) by revoking the articles within its Regulatory Decree related to conscientious objection. The Administrative Court´s interpretation of the law is the most restrictive and conservative to date in relation to women’s rights. The […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    OHCHR Information Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    The purpose of the information series is to provide detailed guidance for lawmakers, policymakers, judiciaries, health service providers, civil society and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Click here to access the series

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    Action Canada Celebrates Anniversary of 1988 Supreme Court Decision

    28 January 2015 – As Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, we celebrate the historic Supreme Court decision (often referred to as the Morgentaler Decision) that changed the face of reproductive health in Canada. The decision, which recognized Canada’s abortion law as unconstitutional and a violation of a woman’s right to life, liberty and […]

    Call for Action to correct the harmful implementation of the Helms Amendment

    Click here to read the letter in PDF January 22, 2015 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear President Obama, The undersigned organizations working to promote women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in many countries around the world write to urge you to use your executive authority […]

    The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability

    Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda currently being negotiated at the United Nations in New York will dictate development strategies and influence aid flows for the foreseeable future. It is vital, therefore, that what is agreed during these discussions focuses on the means by which to improve the lives and opportunities of those seeking to escape […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Airlie Declaration on safe legal abortion

    ACPD (now Action Canada) attended the World Leaders Consultation on Uniting for Safe Legal Abortion (March 24-25 2014 during which the Arlie Declaration on safe legal abortion was drafted. The full version is posted below. Click here to download the declaration in PDF “We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Freedom of Choice: A Youth Activist’s Guide to Safe Abortion Advocacy

    Source: Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Young women’s access to abortion touches on some of the most sensitive issues in cultures around the world: the role of parents, community and religious leaders in decision-making on the issue of children and adolescents and youth sexuality. It is within this context that this guide seeks […]

    The Criminalization of Abortion is an Abuse of State Power

    Originally published on RH Reality Check by Meghan Doherty, ACPD (now Action Canada) On Monday October 24, 2011 the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health will present a report to the UN that unequivocally tells governments they must remove laws that criminalize abortion. This is not the first time a branch of […]

    The Application of Human Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health: A compilation of the work of international human rights treaty bodies

    Developed by ACPD (now Action Canada), this manual is designed to assist in the preparation of reports on compliance with (and violations of) rights to reproductive and sexual health by governmental departments and agencies and NGOs and to assist in the development of advocacy manuals, training programmes and research. The manual is divided into the following six sections: […]

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  • Sex Work

    Sex work is the exchange of sexual services, performances, or products for material compensation. Criminal laws prohibiting aspects of sex work violate a person’s sexual rights and increase harm to sex workers themselves.

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    Concern with UN Women’s Consultation on Sex Work

      Action Canada is deeply concerned that UN Women’s methods of consultation to develop a policy on sex work will not allow for many sex workers to meaningfully participate in the process or to be at the center of the consultations. An electronic consultation excludes sex workers who do not have access to the internet, […]

    Response to Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution

    This statement has been jointly prepared by 81 sex worker rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations.[1] We are writing this statement in response to UN Women’s call for submissions in an e-consultation about the development of a UN Women policy on sex work.  A number of sex workers’, women’s and human rights organizations have […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    Irish rejection of 16 recommendations is raised at session of UN Human Rights Council

    The Government’s rejection of 16 recommendations from the United Nations on women’s reproductive rights was raised at a session of the UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday. Source: Irish Times | Kitty Holland Last May the Geneva-based committee adopted the “outcome report” of its universal periodic review (UPR) of Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on Human Rights. Ten […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Will you speak up during Canada’s review on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women?

    From 24 October to 18 November, the government of Canada will be reviewed on its efforts to meet its obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Here’s a list of issues that will guide Canada’s review. Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs) are invited to submit reports up to a […]

    Action Canada welcomes Amnesty International Sex Worker Rights Policy

    Groups including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, UN AIDS, the World Health Organization, the UN Special Procedures, the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, PIVOT Legal Society, academics, sex worker rights organizations and many others in Canada and around the world have been strong advocates for laws, policies and programs that respect, protect and fulfil sex […]

    Opinion: Is Canada Finally Moving Forward on Trans Rights?

    Originally published in the Huffington Post After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    How is the Trudeau government doing on women’s rights?

    BY ALYSE KOTYK | NOVEMBER 23, 2015  | RABBLE  As Justin Trudeau’s government settles in, women’s rights groups look to this new leadership for action on important women’s issues. In the mandate letter he wrote to the Minister of the Status of Women, Trudeau outlined several ways he promises to promote gender equality and safety for women. […]

    New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

    Originally published in the CATIE blog By Frédérique Chabot and Sarah Kennell It’s been a long and winding campaign trail and like most of the country, we’re waiting in anticipation to see what this new government will do. In the lead up to the election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights produced aseries of […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    Call to Action: Stand Firm and Protect the Human Rights of Sex Workers

    Support Amnesty International’s proposed policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work NSWP and the undersigned, including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, take this opportunity to express our support for Amnesty International’s draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is to be tabled for adoption at the International Council Meeting, […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Sex Workers in the 2015 Elections: Advocacy Guide and infosheets

    Source:  Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform These tools created by the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform will help you educate yourself and others about the election process and needs for sex workers in the 2015 election year. Advocacy Guide 3: Hot on the Campaign Tail! helps to mobilize sex workers and allies […]

    Bill C-36: What you need to know about the proposed law on sex work

    The factsheet provides a snapshot of the bill, the impacts of the criminalization of sex work from a sexual health and rights perspective, and suggestions on how to take action. Read the factsheet

    Open letter: 300 researchers call for decriminalization of sex work in Canada

    Originally published on Georgia Straight March 27, 2014 Right Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Mr. Thomas Mulcair, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition, the New Democratic Party of Canada, Mr. Justin Trudeau, MP, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Mr. Jean-François Fortin, MP, Interim Leader of the Bloc […]

    Press Release: ACPD Welcomes Supreme Court decision striking down laws violating sex workers’ rights

    For Immediate Release – ACPD (now Action Canada) welcomes the Supreme Court decision striking down laws violating sex workers’ rights.   13 December 2013 – Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Bedford v. Canada case regarding sex work. Striking down the elements of the Criminal Code, which include (1) communicating […]

    HRC 24 Statement on Canada’s response to UPR recommendations

    Statement made during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ACPD (now Action Canada), Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada) and the Sexual Rights Initiative.   Thank you Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and our national-level partner, Canadians for Choice. Our organizations remain […]

    Count me IN!: Research report on violence against disabled, lesbian, and sex-working women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal

    Originally published in RHM Journal By Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), New Delhi, India, 2012 Despite many achievements of the women’s movements and significant strides towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, violence has systemically been used by State and non-State actors to exclude marginalised women from participating as rights-bearing […]

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  • Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

    Sexual and gender-based violence encompasses a wide variety of abuses that includes sexual threats, exploitation, humiliation, assaults, molestation, domestic violence, incest, trafficking, torture, insertion of objects into genital openings and attempted rape.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Opinion: Is Canada Finally Moving Forward on Trans Rights?

    Originally published in the Huffington Post After decades of activism, trans rights are starting to get the recognition they deserve. More than ever, trans people and their rights are being represented in the media and at the UN, our neighbours to the south just issued school guidelines that recognize the right to access bathrooms that […]

    Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

    In 2011, UNESCO convened the first-ever UN international consultation on homophobic bullying in educational institutions, recognizing that this complex and sensitive issue needs to be addressed as part of wider efforts to prevent school-related violence and gender-based violence, in order to achieve quality education for all. Since then UNESCO has expanded its work on school-related […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    Opinion: Canada is Fighting to End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

    On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we’re failing at home. Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and, just last week, was instrumental […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    HRC Advances Rights of Women and Girls

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative welcomes the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of three resolutions that […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada Joins over 100 organizations Up for Debate

    Alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, Action Canada is part of Up for Debate – a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Women in Canada have questions, Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer […]

    Sandeep Prasad on UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report

    During the Ottawa launch of the 2013 UNFPA State of World Population Report, Executive Director of ACPD (now Action Canada), Sandeep Prasad spoke to the role Canada could be playing to addressing adolescent pregnancy overseas. This is not a theoretical report.  It sets out the commitments relating specifically to adolescent girls that were made in 1994 by […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Press Release: Canada blocking efforts at the UN to address sexual violence against women

    Ottawa/Geneva – June 7 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).   In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution […]

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  • Sexual Health

    Sexual health includes reproductive health and is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Civil Society Organizations stand with the “She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative”

    As civil society organizations, we applaud the She Decides initiative and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    SRH Week 2017 is here!

    This year, Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week) will take place from February 12-18 with the theme: Ready for some pillow talk? The 2017 campaign will build on last year’s “What’s Your Relationship Status” campaign by asking health care providers and clients/patients to “start the conversation” for the best possible care. Open communication between […]

    Upcoming Workshop: Effective Community Collaborations in Sexual Health and Rights

    A three-module workshop for service providers, community stakeholders, government and non-government actors working to advance sexual health and rights. Presented by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in collaboration with the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, the workshop on community development and collaborations in the field of sexual health and rights […]

    Planned Parenthood Regina wins award for Indigenous outreach program

    Source: CBC Saskatchewan Program has so far reached 830 youth, 10 community agencies Planned Parenthood Regina was recently recognized for its work increasing Indigenous leadership at the organization and reaching out to Indigenous populations. The Manachiwasin program, which means “respect self,” focused on delivering culturally appropriate sexual health information to six Regina community schools with high […]

    2016 Bentley Award Winners!

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Planned Parenthood Regina (first place) and Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre (second place)! We received a strong number of applications but Planned Parenthood Regina’s “Manachiwasin” (respect self) program […]

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    Press Release: 10 – How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age

    For immediate release The report entitled 10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age, is a timely call to action. Gender inequality is a real barrier to human rights and the most pressing obstacle to realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender norms and practices place girls at a significant disadvantage. […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Action Canada Receives 2016 CCIC Innovation and Effectiveness Award

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is honoured to have received a 2016 CCIC Innovation and Effectiveness Award for the amalgamation of Canadians for Choice, Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and Rights. It is the vision of an organization where global and domestic policy agendas […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    Congratulations Bentley Award Winners Island Sexual Health Society and Planned Parenthood Toronto

    Having received a strong collection of applications, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winner of the 2015 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Island Sexual Health Society for their Peninsula Nations Health Clinic. We would also like to congratulate our second place winner: Planned Parenthood Toronto for Filling […]

    That’s a Wrap: SRH Week 2016

    February 8th to the 12th was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme What’s Your Relationship Status? Positive relationships between health care providers (like doctors and nurses) and patients/clients foster better health outcomes and access to services. It’s important to work together toward healthy bodies, healthy communities and healthy partnerships! Did you miss this year’s sexual […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    What’s Your Relationship Status?

    by Executive Director Sandeep Prasad, originally published in The Huffington Post Thirteen years ago, February 12th became Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day — an awareness raising campaign launched by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights). The idea behind the […]

    Press Release: Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2016

    5 February 2016 For immediate release Canada – The week of February 8th to 12th is national Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). This year’s theme is “What’s Your Relationship Status?” in recognition of the important relationship(s) between health care patients/clients and health care providers. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights (Action […]

    Shelter from the Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world

    More than 100 million  people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Among those displaced by conflict or uprooted by disaster are an estimated 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. The UNFPA State of World Population 2015 is a call […]

    Media Release: Health providers take to the streets for paid sick days on November 19

    TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Nov. 19, 2015) – Doctors handing out free tissues by subway exits is not something one sees every day, but that’s what health providers did today outside the Queen’s Park subway station to draw attention to their call for at least seven legislated paid sick days for Ontario workers. Standing where Toronto’s […]

    All Workers Deserve Equal Access To Paid Sick Days

    Originally published on Huffington Post By Sandeep Prasad November means the start of both the flu season – a time when health care providers may advise many of us to stay home when sick – and of a month of action in support of paid sick days for all workers. Millions of workers across Ontario […]

    Action Canada joins Fight for $15 & Fairness in calling for paid sick leave and job protection

    Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to job-protection and paid sick leave. Many cannot afford to take a sick day. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness alongside health workers and advocates in calling on the government to guarantee paid sick leave and job-protected leave to all workers […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Election 2015: Sexual Health and Rights Recap

    It has been a long and winding campaign trail, but here we are with 2 weeks to go. To help keep track of everything that’s happened these last two months, we’ve put together a sexual and reproductive health and rights recap of the election to date. 1. Up for Debate: Starting to mobilize Feminist and […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    Support for a Full National Drug Plan

    Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. In anticipation of the 2015 federal election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights has produced a series of thematic briefs outlining what actions we think the Government of Canada should take on […]

    Sexual Health Education in the Schools: Questions and Answers, Updated 2015 Ontario Edition

    Source: The Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) A resource with answers to your questions about sexual health education in our schools. Click here to download the resource

    WHO Policy brief: Transgender people and HIV

    Source: World Health Organization The WHO technical brief summarizes essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among transgender populations. The 2011 WHO guidance, Prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men and transgender people, did not separate recommendations for transgender […]

    WHO Report: Sexual health, human rights and the law

    Source: World Health Organization The  report demonstrates the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    City pulls funding for birth control clinic founded by Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw

    Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton is a former Action Canada associate organization.  Source: Hamilton Spectator By Joel OpHardt Canada’s first birth control clinic, started in Hamilton nearly 85 years ago, is closing its doors. At the end of the month, Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY) Hamilton, the organization that Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw helped turn into […]

    Opinion: Explicit and formal guarantees on abortion needed in Bill 20

    Originally published in the Montreal Gazette By Sandeep Prasad It’s not a good year to have a uterus in Quebec. Setbacks to reproductive health care in the province continue to be rolled out one after another. Bill 20 is putting reproductive options under fire, weakening service availability in Quebec by limiting physician time allocations for […]

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    SRH Week 2015: That’s a wrap!

    Sexual and Reproductive Health and Awareness Week 2015 was a huge success! Thanks for helping to spread the word on how to #HeartYourParts. The website www.srhweek.ca will be available year round and we want to keep hearing from you. Tweet @srhweek, find the campaign on Facebook or click here to send an email. Until then, […]

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: UNESCO Bangkok To-date, there has been no systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to SRH/HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. This review aims to do so. It assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

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  • Sexual Orientation

    Sexual orientation refers to an individual's sexual and/or romantic attraction. All people have the right to identify with the orientation of their choice without fear of discrimination in education, healthcare, social and political participation; and to live free of verbal and/or physical assault.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    Join the Conversation: Why a special mechanism on SOGI will set the movement back

    Join the Sexual Rights Initiative and our partner, the Coalition for African Lesbians for a Twitter chat this Thursday June 9th on Autonomy and Intersectionality: Why a special mechanism on sexual orientation and gender identity will set back movements on sexuality and gender at the Human Rights Council. Two Conversations on Bodily Autonomy & Intersectionality 4:00AM […]

    Envisioning LGBT Refugee Rights in Canada: Is Canada a Safe Haven?

    Source: Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights The report by Envisioning Global LGBT Human Rights looks at the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) asylum seekers living in the GTA and the experiences of community service providers. It offers 37 recommendations for improving policies and services. For the research, eight community partners organized focus groups with […]

    Intersectionality in LGBTI Advocacy

    Written by Fernando D’Elio of Akahata (with input from Neha Sood of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights) as part of the 2015 ILGA Report on State-Sponsored Homophobia. Sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) activism often does not account for the many contexts oppression is expressed in – for example, race, ethnicity, gender, […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Opinion: Speaking Up for Ontario’s New Curriculum

    By Sandeep Prasad and Julie Duncan* Originally published in the Huffington Post The last time Ontario changed its sex ed curriculum was 17 years ago. As with anything, most would agree that the update is long overdue. As an elementary school teacher, I have to tell you that this new curriculum is necessary and welcomed […]

    Submission to Post-2015 Consultation on Inequalities and LGBTIQ People

    The submission, prepared by ACPD (now Action Canada), supports the analysis of other contributors that the root causes of the inequalities and human rights violations faced by LGBTI persons are patriarchy and the resulting heteronormativity and gender norms. It alsos support the analysis that other forms of marginalization, such as on the basis of race, […]

    Count me IN!: Research report on violence against disabled, lesbian, and sex-working women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal

    Originally published in RHM Journal By Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), New Delhi, India, 2012 Despite many achievements of the women’s movements and significant strides towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, violence has systemically been used by State and non-State actors to exclude marginalised women from participating as rights-bearing […]

    Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the […]

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  • Sexual Rights

    Sexual Rights refer to human rights related to sexuality that contribute to every person’s freedom and entitlements to live in dignity. Reproductive Rights are part of sexual rights and the government of every country in the world is required to respect, protect and fulfill these basic human rights.

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    Civil Society Organizations stand with the “She Decides – Global Fundraising Initiative”

    As civil society organizations, we applaud the She Decides initiative and stand united in opposition to the US Global Gag Rule that President Trump reinstated this month.

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Upcoming Workshop: Effective Community Collaborations in Sexual Health and Rights

    A three-module workshop for service providers, community stakeholders, government and non-government actors working to advance sexual health and rights. Presented by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in collaboration with the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health, the workshop on community development and collaborations in the field of sexual health and rights […]

    Trump’s Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

    Op-ed by Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director Originally published in the Huffington Post I can still remember the feeling I had the day Trump was elected. Among countless liberties and freedoms, reproductive rights were once again on the chopping block. His vice-president, U.S. ambassador to the UN and nominated secretary of health and human services are […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    AWID Forum: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council

    Will you be at the 2016 AWID Forum? Don’t miss our panel alongside our SRI partners: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council: 10 years past and onwards   Location: Ala Mar-Porto Seguro 1-3 Date: 10 September 2016 Time: 2:30PM-4:00PM

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Civil Society, Government Representatives, Elected Officials, Activists and the Private Sector Meet to Prioritize SRHR

    The Global challenges and opportunities for Canadian leadership on SRHR: a multi-stakeholder conversation[1] brought together over 40 senior stakeholders representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publically elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the SRHR meeting were: to develop a shared understanding of issues related to sexual and reproductive health and […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Action Canada talks Mifepristone

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to Morning Mixtape about sexual and reproductive rights in Canada and the newly approved Mifepristone. Rough Cuts by Morning Mixtape is a selection of live interviews cropped from our daily morning show, Morning Mixtape. Live Mon-Fri 8-10am , on the AM dial at the 1280 frequency, or stream […]

    Action Canada Receives 2016 CCIC Innovation and Effectiveness Award

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is honoured to have received a 2016 CCIC Innovation and Effectiveness Award for the amalgamation of Canadians for Choice, Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), and the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health and Rights. It is the vision of an organization where global and domestic policy agendas […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    CESCR Day Two: Will Canada step up to the plate tomorrow? Or stay on the bench?

    Canada is all set to appear before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights beginning tomorrow, at 3:00PM Geneva time (9:00AM EDT). This will be a key moment to assess the government on the steps it has taken, or not taken, to meet its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

    Dear Ministers Wilson-Raybould, Dion, Joly and Bibeau, We write urgently on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations who are in Geneva attending the review of Canada’s compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We are deeply disappointed that Canada is repeating the position it took in 1998 that the Charter of […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Action Canada Submission to 57th CESCR for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights for Canada’s review during the 57th Session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural (herein referred to as the ‘Committee’), taking place from February 22nd to March 4th The report examines violations of articles 2, 12 and 13 of the International […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    Election 2015: Sexual Health and Rights Recap

    It has been a long and winding campaign trail, but here we are with 2 weeks to go. To help keep track of everything that’s happened these last two months, we’ve put together a sexual and reproductive health and rights recap of the election to date. 1. Up for Debate: Starting to mobilize Feminist and […]

    Opinion: Where is Sexual Health on the Campaign Trail?

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in Ricochet Elections represent key moments for decision-makers and the parties they represent to make commitments to Canadians. Speaking points on our economy, security and energy are repeated ad nauseam, yet sexual and reproductive health — an issue that affects us all — is often missing on the campaign trail. […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    OHCHR Information Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    The purpose of the information series is to provide detailed guidance for lawmakers, policymakers, judiciaries, health service providers, civil society and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Click here to access the series

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability

    Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda currently being negotiated at the United Nations in New York will dictate development strategies and influence aid flows for the foreseeable future. It is vital, therefore, that what is agreed during these discussions focuses on the means by which to improve the lives and opportunities of those seeking to escape […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    “Canada’s leadership needed more than ever” says ACPD following global meeting on future of sexual and reproductive health in development policies

    April 14, 2014 – Governments Call for Increased Efforts to Promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights in Development Policies The 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development ended with a call from governments to promote gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as key priorities for sustainable development. The […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Press Release: ACPD Welcomes Supreme Court decision striking down laws violating sex workers’ rights

    For Immediate Release – ACPD (now Action Canada) welcomes the Supreme Court decision striking down laws violating sex workers’ rights.   13 December 2013 – Today, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in the Bedford v. Canada case regarding sex work. Striking down the elements of the Criminal Code, which include (1) communicating […]

    The Application of Human Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health: A compilation of the work of international human rights treaty bodies

    Developed by ACPD (now Action Canada), this manual is designed to assist in the preparation of reports on compliance with (and violations of) rights to reproductive and sexual health by governmental departments and agencies and NGOs and to assist in the development of advocacy manuals, training programmes and research. The manual is divided into the following six sections: […]

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  • Sexuality and Disability

    All people, including people living with a disability, must be guaranteed their sexual health and rights. Depending on the disability, sex may require more innovation, patience and planning. It is important for all people, including people with disabilities, to listen to their bodies and to talk with their partner and health provider.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Count me IN!: Research report on violence against disabled, lesbian, and sex-working women in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal

    Originally published in RHM Journal By Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action (CREA), New Delhi, India, 2012 Despite many achievements of the women’s movements and significant strides towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, violence has systemically been used by State and non-State actors to exclude marginalised women from participating as rights-bearing […]

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  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are bacteria, viruses and parasites that can be passed from person to person through vaginal, oral or anal sex as well as through skin-to-skin contact or sharing sex toys. Some STIs can also be transmitted through non-sexual activities.

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    Wrap It Up!

    Our Associate Organization Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon (SHCS) has launched a new project: Wrap It Up! Local creative agency Territorial designed four branded condoms have been using Saskatchewan place names: Toronto is big, but this is Biggar Saskatoon, wanna spoon? Regina the city the rhymes with fun Climax please come again This project is part of an […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

    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. Click here to access the tool

    New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

    Originally published in the CATIE blog By Frédérique Chabot and Sarah Kennell It’s been a long and winding campaign trail and like most of the country, we’re waiting in anticipation to see what this new government will do. In the lead up to the election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights produced aseries of […]

    Action Canada joins Fight for $15 & Fairness in calling for paid sick leave and job protection

    Millions of workers across Ontario lack access to job-protection and paid sick leave. Many cannot afford to take a sick day. Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights joins the Fight for $15 & Fairness alongside health workers and advocates in calling on the government to guarantee paid sick leave and job-protected leave to all workers […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Have questions about your sexual and reproductive health?

    The information hub on sexual and reproductive health offers helpful explanations,  health tips and suggestions on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, including the body, healthy relationships, navigating consent, pregnancy options and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, to name a few.

    Press Release: 2015 SRH Week Addresses Healthy Relationships, Consent and STI Prevention in Canada 9-13 February 2015

    6 February 2015 For immediate release Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, in partnership with the Canadian Public Health Association, is taking the lead on this year’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week (SRH Week). The annual campaign has been led by one of three organizations amalgamated into Action Canada, the Canadian Federation for […]

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  • Sustainable Development Goals

    Transforming our world: Canadian perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

    With 2016 comes the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted last September at the United Nations. At the time, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), put together a blog series through Huffington Post’s Development Unplugged to collect perspectives of Canadian experts, […]

    UN Goals Trigger Calls for Canadian Aid Reform

    Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal  Paul Christopher Webster, Toronto September 30, 2015 A set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations on Sept. 25 will require Ottawa to extensively reform its international aid strategies, global health experts warn. The 17 SDGs specify 169 targets, including ambitious goals to dramatically reduce child and maternal mortality, ensure universal […]

    Call to Action: We Can Do Better!

    Canadians will head to the polls on October 19. And it’s time to ensure that candidates, from all political parties, hear from Canadians that they care about climate change, women’s rights, and ending poverty and global inequality. The lead-up to election-day is a time for action – time to put the We Can Do Better […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

    By Sandeep Prasad and MP Mylène Freeman* Originally published in the Montreal Gazette At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it […]

    The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

    Source: United Nations Synthesis report of the Secretary General on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda Click here to read the report

    Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

    Source: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. It […]

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  • United Nations

    The United Nations (UN) is an inter-governmental organisation made-up of 193 Member States that is committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

    Take Action: Here’s how you can support the UN in calling on Canada to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights!

    The UN is calling out Canada for failing to guarantee essential sexual and reproductive health services. In 2016, the Government of Canada underwent two reviews by UN treaty monitoring bodies: The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR, March) and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW, October). Canada’s record on […]

    Action Canada’s 2016 Holiday Wishlist!

    Here’s what we’re asking Trudeau for this holiday season

    OHCHR Wants to Hear from You! Mapping the History and Achievements of Civil Society

    Imagining a World Without Participation: Mapping the History and Achievements of Civil Society June 2017 thematic report to the UN Human Rights Council by the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Source: OHCHR The space for civil society globally has shrunk dramatically over the last 10 years. In […]

    Press Release: UN human rights body slams Canada for failure to ensure access to abortion, affordable contraception

    November 21, 2016 For Immediate Release Geneva – On Friday November 18, the UN body responsible for assessing Canada’s progress on upholding women human rights (CEDAW) released its Concluding Observations to Canada. Central to Canada’s review was the issue of the accessibility, affordability, acceptability and quality of sexual and reproductive health services. The UN Committee […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    Press Release: 10 – How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age

    For immediate release The report entitled 10: How our future depends on a girl at this decisive age, is a timely call to action. Gender inequality is a real barrier to human rights and the most pressing obstacle to realizing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Gender norms and practices place girls at a significant disadvantage. […]

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    Concern with UN Women’s Consultation on Sex Work

      Action Canada is deeply concerned that UN Women’s methods of consultation to develop a policy on sex work will not allow for many sex workers to meaningfully participate in the process or to be at the center of the consultations. An electronic consultation excludes sex workers who do not have access to the internet, […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    Response to Consultation seeking views on UN Women approach to sex work, the sex trade and prostitution

    This statement has been jointly prepared by 81 sex worker rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations.[1] We are writing this statement in response to UN Women’s call for submissions in an e-consultation about the development of a UN Women policy on sex work.  A number of sex workers’, women’s and human rights organizations have […]

    Letter to Minister Philpott: Showing True Federal Leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Canada

    September 12, 2016  The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health House of Commons Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2   Dear Honourable Minister, On behalf of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, I want to indicate how pleased we have been to see a number of tangible indications that the Government of Canada takes seriously the […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    Irish rejection of 16 recommendations is raised at session of UN Human Rights Council

    The Government’s rejection of 16 recommendations from the United Nations on women’s reproductive rights was raised at a session of the UN’s Human Rights Council on Friday. Source: Irish Times | Kitty Holland Last May the Geneva-based committee adopted the “outcome report” of its universal periodic review (UPR) of Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention on Human Rights. Ten […]

    Joint Submission to Human Rights Council: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights make this submission in response to the resolution of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/30/40 on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples which calls for submissions on the right to health and Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on children and youth. […]

    AWID Forum: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council

    Will you be at the 2016 AWID Forum? Don’t miss our panel alongside our SRI partners: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council: 10 years past and onwards   Location: Ala Mar-Porto Seguro 1-3 Date: 10 September 2016 Time: 2:30PM-4:00PM

    OHCHR Releases New UPR Submission Guidelines

    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has released new guidelines for stakeholder reports in the third cycle. While much of the requirements remain the same as previous cycles, there is an increased emphasis on implementation of existing recommendations.  The OHCHR has prepared matrices of existing recommendations for countries up for review […]

    Join the Conversation: Why a special mechanism on SOGI will set the movement back

    Join the Sexual Rights Initiative and our partner, the Coalition for African Lesbians for a Twitter chat this Thursday June 9th on Autonomy and Intersectionality: Why a special mechanism on sexual orientation and gender identity will set back movements on sexuality and gender at the Human Rights Council. Two Conversations on Bodily Autonomy & Intersectionality 4:00AM […]

    Open Letter to ECOSOC regarding the Committee on NGOs

    The UN becomes all the more important a platform for voices demanding accountability and justice. And yet it is blocking NGO access and participation. Español To: Member States of ECOSOC Cc: President of the General Assembly, President of the Human Rights Council, Member States of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary General. Excellencies, We write to […]

    Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

    In 2011, UNESCO convened the first-ever UN international consultation on homophobic bullying in educational institutions, recognizing that this complex and sensitive issue needs to be addressed as part of wider efforts to prevent school-related violence and gender-based violence, in order to achieve quality education for all. Since then UNESCO has expanded its work on school-related […]

    Holding Canada accountable to its human rights obligations

    Action Canada is working with relevant decision makers, at all levels of government, and other stakeholders to hold Canada accountable to its obligations under the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Covenant), as they relate to sexual and reproductive rights. As part of our work, we are encouraging the government to strengthen […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Action Canada ED discusses Canada’s renewed UN Engagement

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with UN Secretary General to advocate women’s rights and equality. Executive director of Action Canada joins CTV News Channel on Tuesday March 15, 2016 to talk about the significance.

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    Ottawa gives new funding for international reproductive health program

    MICHELLE ZILIO OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 1:46PM EST Last updated Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 8:27PM EST The federal government announced millions of dollars in new funding for the lead United Nations agency tasked with improving global reproductive health Monday, but none of the money will go to funding abortion services […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    CESCR Day Four: That’s a wrap!

    Canada wrapped up its appearance before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on Thursday, February 25th with disappointing responses to Committee members on questions related to sexual and reproductive health in Canada. Despite being asked numerous times by the Committee to discuss how it would address discrepancies in access to abortion services, if […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    CESCR Day Two: Will Canada step up to the plate tomorrow? Or stay on the bench?

    Canada is all set to appear before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights beginning tomorrow, at 3:00PM Geneva time (9:00AM EDT). This will be a key moment to assess the government on the steps it has taken, or not taken, to meet its obligations under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Joint letter on Canada’s response to CESCR list of issues

    Dear Ministers Wilson-Raybould, Dion, Joly and Bibeau, We write urgently on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations who are in Geneva attending the review of Canada’s compliance with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. We are deeply disappointed that Canada is repeating the position it took in 1998 that the Charter of […]

    Shelter from the Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world

    More than 100 million  people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Among those displaced by conflict or uprooted by disaster are an estimated 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. The UNFPA State of World Population 2015 is a call […]

    Press Release: Making good on promises: Action Canada lays out measures newly-elected government needs to take

    20 October 2015 For immediate release Women’s rights, including their sexual health and rights, took centre stage during this election. We saw federal leaders talk specifically about women’s rights for the first time in 30 years with the Up for Debate campaign. The niqab became a wedge issue, the Munk Debate and the second French […]

    Opinion: How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

    By Sarah Kennell Op-Ed originally appeared in the CCIC Huffington Post blog Development Unplugged Health is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals — and rightly so. It affects us all. From developing strategies that address the Ebola crisis to ensuring healthcare systems meet the needs of all people, health is a human right and central to […]

    UN Goals Trigger Calls for Canadian Aid Reform

    Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal  Paul Christopher Webster, Toronto September 30, 2015 A set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations on Sept. 25 will require Ottawa to extensively reform its international aid strategies, global health experts warn. The 17 SDGs specify 169 targets, including ambitious goals to dramatically reduce child and maternal mortality, ensure universal […]

    Call to Action: We Can Do Better!

    Canadians will head to the polls on October 19. And it’s time to ensure that candidates, from all political parties, hear from Canadians that they care about climate change, women’s rights, and ending poverty and global inequality. The lead-up to election-day is a time for action – time to put the We Can Do Better […]

    WHO Guidelines: Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception

    Source: World Health Organization Planned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can have a range of benefits. It can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health-care professionals, improve equity in access to health care and increase the acceptability of health services for those receiving them. […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    SRI Condemns HRC29 Resolution on “Protection of the Family”

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative condemns the adoption of the Protection of the Family resolution by the UN Human Rights […]

    WHO Report: Sexual health, human rights and the law

    Source: World Health Organization The  report demonstrates the relationship between sexual health, human rights and the law. Drawing from a review of public health evidence and extensive research into human rights law at international, regional and national levels, the report shows how states in different parts of the world can and do support sexual health […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    Action Canada Submission on Post-2015 Priorities to Government of Canada

    We welcome the Government of Canada’s (GoC) prioritization of MNCH and Accountability as two of Canada’s three Core priorities. We further welcome the identification of child, early and forced marriage and the empowerment of women and girls as important cross-cutting issues. Taking stock of remaining negotiations of the Post-2015 development agenda, we encourage the GoC, […]

    CPD48 Statement on Lack of Resolution

    At the end of two weeks of thought-provoking and intense discussions, the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) concluded on April 17, 2015 without a resolution. On the final day, the chair produced a well-balanced text reflective of the various positions staked by governments, but to everyone’s surprise, this text was suddenly withdrawn by the […]

    UN HRC adopts children’s rights resolution, calling for access to sexual and reproductive health services and CSE

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Originally published on the SRI Website. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) welcomes the adoption by the UN Human […]

    UN to Question Canada on Sexual Rights Record

    This past Wednesday, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights signalled that it will for the first time question Canada on the availability and accessibility of abortion and sexuality education in the country. The UN body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Its […]

    Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

    By Sandeep Prasad and MP Mylène Freeman* Originally published in the Montreal Gazette At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it […]

    Action Canada submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    This report was submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights in advance of Canada’s review during the 55th Pre-Sessional working group of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, taking place from March 9 to 13 2015. The report examines violations of articles 12 and 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, […]

    The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet

    Source: United Nations Synthesis report of the Secretary General on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda Click here to read the report

    Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals

    Source: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, entitled “The future we want”, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session. It […]

    Claiming Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    Resource guide developed by ESCR-Net and IWRAW  for the advancement of women’s economic, social and cultural rights using the Optional Protocol and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Optional Protocol and International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. Click here to read the guide

    Webinar: HIV, Gender, SRHR and the Post 2015 Development Agenda

    This webinar helps connect the dots and offers greater clarity in the complex three-year design process towards the post-2015 development agenda. Featured speakers present an overview of the process thus far and insight on how sexual and reproductive health rights, gender and HIV fit into this new global blueprint for sustainable development. Key issues, challenges […]

    Lessons From the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review

    Developed by the UNFPA and based on research and analysis conducted by ACPD on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), the report examines the role the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism can play in advancing the realization of human rights related to sexuality and gender at the global, regional and country levels. Included among […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    Press Release: Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2014: The power of 1.8 billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2014: The power of 1.8 billion – adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future 18 November 2014 For immediate release In the first 3 years of the Muskoka Initiative – which was specifically undertaken to address maternal and child health – the government’s figures show that […]

    Canada once again disappoints women, survivors of sexual violence

    Action Canada for Population and Development reports back from 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council   Governments and civil society organizations are once again calling into question Canada’s leadership on the Violence Against Women (VAW) resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. During this most recent session of the Council, which took place in June 2014, […]

    Women’s rights organizations call on Canada to implement outcomes from recent UN Commission on the Status of Women

    April 3, 2014 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations, welcome the Government of Canada’s participation in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York, March […]

    Framework of Actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

    Source: United Nations This in-depth, data-rich action framework, sometimes referred to as the ICPD beyond 2014 Global Report, is the culmination of a major global review of progress in implementing the ICPD Programme of Action, and analyzing the gaps and challenges that remain. It gathers data from 176 countries alongside inputs from civil society and […]

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network Testimony to UN on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network testimony submitted to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Expert Group Meetings Click here to read the testimony

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Sandeep Prasad on UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report

    During the Ottawa launch of the 2013 UNFPA State of World Population Report, Executive Director of ACPD (now Action Canada), Sandeep Prasad spoke to the role Canada could be playing to addressing adolescent pregnancy overseas. This is not a theoretical report.  It sets out the commitments relating specifically to adolescent girls that were made in 1994 by […]

    Press Release: UNFPA releases report on ‘Motherhood in Childhood’

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2013: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy – OCTOBER 30, 2013 Every year 18 million adolescent girls give birth in developing countries – 90% of them are married. In developing countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls […]

    The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing at the UN

      Source: World Federalist Movement-Canada   Preface   Warren Allmand The United Nations: A Respect for Human Rights is Essential for Peace When the United Nations was established in 1945, there was a strong belief that the new international order should be built on a foundation of human rights. The Charter included several significant provisions […]

    SRI analysis of the language of ‘child, early and forced’ marriage

    In preparation of the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), the Sexual Rights Initiative (of which Action Canada is a member) produced an analysis of the terminology of child, early and forced marriage from the international human rights law and UN policy perspectives. During this session, the Council adopted Resolution 24/23 on the subject […]

    Submission to Post-2015 Consultation on Inequalities and LGBTIQ People

    The submission, prepared by ACPD (now Action Canada), supports the analysis of other contributors that the root causes of the inequalities and human rights violations faced by LGBTI persons are patriarchy and the resulting heteronormativity and gender norms. It alsos support the analysis that other forms of marginalization, such as on the basis of race, […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Press Release: Canada blocking efforts at the UN to address sexual violence against women

    Ottawa/Geneva – June 7 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).   In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution […]

    Sexual Rights & The Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for Advocates

    This innovative toolkit was developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between IPPF and the Sexual Rights Initiative to advance sexual rights and reproductive rights through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This toolkit is designed to assist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum which […]

    Press Release: Investing in Family Planning is Key for World at 7 Billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of the World Population Report 2011: People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion In five days, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion. How we respond now will determine whether we have a healthy, sustainable and prosperous future or one that is marked by inequalities, environmental decline […]

    The Criminalization of Abortion is an Abuse of State Power

    Originally published on RH Reality Check by Meghan Doherty, ACPD (now Action Canada) On Monday October 24, 2011 the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health will present a report to the UN that unequivocally tells governments they must remove laws that criminalize abortion. This is not the first time a branch of […]

    Human Rights Council Passes First-Ever Resolution on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    In a groundbreaking achievement for upholding the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The resolution, presented by South Africa along with Brasil and 39 additional co-sponsors from all regions of the […]

    NGO Response to UN Report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health

    Dear Secretary-General: We civil society organisations 1, working to promote human rights relating to women’s and children’s health, welcome Keeping Promises, Measuring Results, the report of the Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health, which was established to ensure oversight of the Global Strategy you launched last year.2 We welcome in particular the centrality given […]

    The Application of Human Rights to Reproductive and Sexual Health: A compilation of the work of international human rights treaty bodies

    Developed by ACPD (now Action Canada), this manual is designed to assist in the preparation of reports on compliance with (and violations of) rights to reproductive and sexual health by governmental departments and agencies and NGOs and to assist in the development of advocacy manuals, training programmes and research. The manual is divided into the following six sections: […]

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  • Universal Periodic Review

    The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an HRC process through which States review one another’s actions taken to improve human rights in their countries and fulfil their obligations. No Member State is exempt from review. Action Canada submits reports for the UPR in collaboration with different stakeholders.

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    The shifting politics in multilateral development and human rights negotiations and the absence of accountability

    Abstract: The post-2015 development agenda currently being negotiated at the United Nations in New York will dictate development strategies and influence aid flows for the foreseeable future. It is vital, therefore, that what is agreed during these discussions focuses on the means by which to improve the lives and opportunities of those seeking to escape […]

    Sexual Rights & The Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for Advocates

    This innovative toolkit was developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between IPPF and the Sexual Rights Initiative to advance sexual rights and reproductive rights through the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This toolkit is designed to assist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to bring their knowledge, expertise and experiences to an international forum which […]

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  • Women's Rights

    Women’s rights are the guarantee the human rights of women and girls, including their rights to equality and non-discrimination. Among other international agreements, Canada is obliged to meet the rights guaranteed by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

    As U.S. tightens abortion access and funding, Canada expands it

    Source: Yahoo News | Terri Coles With funding for a Planned Parenthood initiative and a commitment to increase funding for reproductive health initiatives overseas, Canada is setting itself apart from the Trump administration in its support for safe and legal abortion access. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said […]

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    There’s strength in numbers, and together we can hold our government accountable to its promises

    It’s less than one month into the Trump presidency, and we’ve already witnessed an inspiring global demonstration of resistance and solidarity across seven continents, dozens of countries, and millions of people strong. Maybe you were one of them? On January 21st, people joined women’s marches around the world to demonstrate for social, economic, and climate […]

    Fund the abortion pill under OHIP! #FreeChoice

    At long last, the medical abortion pill Mifegymiso is available in Canada, but the barriers are too high. Costing over $400 in Ottawa, it’s not an option for most people. Surgical abortion – which costs the province $800 to $2000 –  is covered by OHIP, but depending on where you live, it can be difficult […]

    How the arrival of the abortion pill reveals a double standard

    As reproductive rights come under assault in the U.S., the story of new pregnancy-termination medication reveals continuing barriers to reproductive health for Canadian women Anne Kingston | Maclean’s Few drugs have arrived in Canada accompanied by more fanfare, delays, hope, controversy and politicking than Mifegymiso, the pregnancy-termination medication approved by Health Canada in 2015 after a […]

    Opinion: 35 Years Later, Women have Access to Abortion in PEI

    By Ann Wheatley and Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Guardian Ann Wheatley is co-chair of Abortion Access Now PEI. Sandeep Prasad is and Ottawa-based lawyer and Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights. 35 years of organizing and action (and the threat of a lawsuit later), abortion services are finally being offered […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    Should all Canadian women get free birth control?

    Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad talks to MainStreet’s Jill and Dave about the Motion-65. The motion if adopted by the Federal government, would cover the costs of all prescribed contraceptives in Canada.

    CEDAW: Recap from Canada’s review

    Action Canada awaits release of recommendations to Canada Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is in Geneva this week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a joint report to the Committee in collaboration with: Sexuality Education […]

    Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights will be in Geneva next week to participate in Canada’s review before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The Committee is made up of 23 independent experts that monitor implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries party to […]

    CEDAW: 2016 Submission for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by a coalition of organizations working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for Canada’s review during the 65th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, taking place October 25th 2016. The report examines violations of articles 10 and 12 of the Convention on the […]

    Every day, I speak to women who must travel to get an abortion but can’t afford it. Will you help?

    In a country where abortion has been decriminalized for almost 30 years, it’s frightening to see the stigma, shame, and barriers still faced by women and trans folks who need one. When people call our Access Line about an abortion, they reasonably expect to find that service close to home. But all too often, I […]

    AWID Forum: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council

    Will you be at the 2016 AWID Forum? Don’t miss our panel alongside our SRI partners: Sexuality and gender at the UN Human Rights Council: 10 years past and onwards   Location: Ala Mar-Porto Seguro 1-3 Date: 10 September 2016 Time: 2:30PM-4:00PM

    A Feminist Approach to Canada’s International Assistance

    On July 5th, 2016, the Women’s Rights Policy Group brought together 50 civil society and government representatives for a full-day dialogue. Its goals were to develop a common understanding of feminist approaches to international assistance, to assess the challenges, gaps and opportunities in Global Affairs Canada’s approach, and to develop a set of practical recommendations […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Action Canada Submits Report as part of Canada’s International Assistance Review

    Key recommendations for Canada’s International Assistance Review: Meaningfully apply feminist principles and a human rights-based approach across international development policy and all initiatives stemming from that; Demonstrate political leadership on SRHR, among donors and within global policy forums; Establish a Canadian Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights strategy; Invest a minimum of $500 Million/year in […]

    Public Consultation on Canada’s International Assistance

    In May 2016, Global Affairs Canada launched a public consultation to review Canada’s approach to international assistance. It is the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place. Since 2010, Ministerial restrictions prevented spending on abortion services in Canadian aid. It is believed that this approach led to the chill […]

    Opinion: Canada is Fighting to End Sexual Violence Everywhere (But Here)

    On the global stage, Canada is leading the way to end sexual and gender-based violence. But we’re failing at home. Canada was pivotal in establishing a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, leads an annual resolution on violence against women at the United Nations Human Rights Council and, just last week, was instrumental […]

    Federal Budget 2016: What we gained and what’s still missing

    We made our demands very clear before the 2016 Federal Budget. We wanted to see feminism in action. We wanted Trudeau to Put Sexual Rights Back in the Budget. There are many things to celebrate in this budget. From much-needed investments in Domestic Violence supports, to the launch of the inquiry into Missing and Murdered […]

    Opinion: This budget will put Trudeau’s feminism to the test

    Originally published in the Huffington Post Trudeau needs to put women back in the budget. Because it’s 2016. A key part of being feminist is respecting all people’s choices about their own bodies. While a gender-balanced cabinet is a step in the right direction, there is no such thing as gender equality without bodily autonomy. […]

    Action Canada ED discusses Canada’s renewed UN Engagement

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with UN Secretary General to advocate women’s rights and equality. Executive director of Action Canada joins CTV News Channel on Tuesday March 15, 2016 to talk about the significance.

    UN agency slams Canada’s maternal health policy

    LINA DIB, THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA – The former Conservative government’s signature maternal health initiative treated women like baby-making machines, the head of a United Nations agency said Tuesday. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said he had little opportunity to speak his mind on the issue when Stephen Harper was […]

    Ottawa gives new funding for international reproductive health program

    MICHELLE ZILIO OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 1:46PM EST Last updated Monday, Mar. 07, 2016 8:27PM EST The federal government announced millions of dollars in new funding for the lead United Nations agency tasked with improving global reproductive health Monday, but none of the money will go to funding abortion services […]

    Recap: International Women’s Day Panel with UNFPA ED Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

    Hosted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, panelists discussed Maternal Health in Humanitarian Settings, and how the new Trudeau government could take the lead in pushing for women’s lives and dignity no matter where they live. Click here for an online recap of the discussion

    Resource toolkit for service providers working with mothers living with HIV

    The Supporting Mothers in Ways that Work forum was held in Vancouver, BC in September 2014. The purpose of this forum was to bring together health and social service providers, women living with HIV and researchers from across BC to discuss issues and strengthen regional networks to enhance services for mothers living with HIV. Rather than […]

    CESCR Day Three: Ups, downs and frustrating moments

    Highlights In large part due to Action Canada’s consistent advocacy, and support from civil society partners here in Geneva, we encouraged members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to ask Canada specific questions on issues raised in our submission. Among the questions posed to Canada today: In response to declining rates of […]

    CESCR Day One: Why doesn’t the Government of Canada want to talk about economic, social and cultural rights?

    In Geneva today, representatives from Canadian human rights and Indigenous organizations delivered opening statements before members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is set to review Canada’s efforts to meet obligations under the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In preparation for the review, Action Canada submitted a report […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Action Canada Submission to Pre-Budget Consultation

    Recommendations made in response to an invitation by the Standing Committee on Finance to share priorities for the 2016 Canadian federal budget. Click here to read the recommendations

    Action Canada Submission to 57th CESCR for Canada’s Review

    This report is submitted by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights for Canada’s review during the 57th Session of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural (herein referred to as the ‘Committee’), taking place from February 22nd to March 4th The report examines violations of articles 2, 12 and 13 of the International […]

    How One Drug Could Change Abortion Access in Canada

    By Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad Originally posted on the Huffington Post Every day we receive calls on our Access Line from people across the country seeking to terminate a pregnancy. They have a lot of questions and very often want to know where to get the abortion pill or, in other words, where […]

    Shelter from the Storm: A transformative agenda for women and girls in a crisis-prone world

    More than 100 million  people are in need of humanitarian assistance—more than at any time since the end of the Second World War. Among those displaced by conflict or uprooted by disaster are an estimated 26 million women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. The UNFPA State of World Population 2015 is a call […]

    How is the Trudeau government doing on women’s rights?

    BY ALYSE KOTYK | NOVEMBER 23, 2015  | RABBLE  As Justin Trudeau’s government settles in, women’s rights groups look to this new leadership for action on important women’s issues. In the mandate letter he wrote to the Minister of the Status of Women, Trudeau outlined several ways he promises to promote gender equality and safety for women. […]

    Now, it’s up to the new government to keep its promises on women’s rights

    By Sandeep Prasad Originally published in the Montreal Gazette Sandeep Prasad is Executive Director of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally. Women’s rights took centre stage this past election. For the first time in […]

    Women’s issues take centre stage as experts debate election promises

    By: Robin Levinson King Staff Reporter | Toronto Star Published on Wed Sep 16 2015 Party leaders vying for women’s votes in the federal election will get to make their case during a panel on gender justice and equality Monday. Organized by Oxfam Canada and the Alliance for Women’s Rights, Up for Debate will give […]

    Press Release: Women’s Issues Finally Get The Attention They Deserve

    Toronto, September 16, 2015 – Women’s issues will finally take the forefront in the federal election thanks to a partnership between the Up For Debate campaign, Twitter Canada, Toronto Star and Le Devoir. This national conversation on women’s issues will be broadcast live from Toronto’s Isabel Bader theatre on Monday, Sept 21. The free event […]

    Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities

    Developed by the CCPHE and University of British Columbia, the publication describes guiding principles, and the practices that are required for optimal child and maternal health inside a correctional facility, including the correctional context, pregnancy, birth, education, correctional and medical care, discharge planning and community partner engagement. Click here to read the publication

    Call to Action: We Can Do Better!

    Canadians will head to the polls on October 19. And it’s time to ensure that candidates, from all political parties, hear from Canadians that they care about climate change, women’s rights, and ending poverty and global inequality. The lead-up to election-day is a time for action – time to put the We Can Do Better […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Joint Statement for the Human Rights Committee’s Day of Discussion on the Right to Life

    Distinguished Committee Members: I wish to thank the Committee for the opportunity to deliver this brief statement on behalf of over fifty human rights organizations from across the globe. We welcome the Committee’s decision to draft this general comment and believe that it presents a critical opportunity for the Committee to elaborate on states’ obligations to realize all […]

    OHCHR Information Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    The purpose of the information series is to provide detailed guidance for lawmakers, policymakers, judiciaries, health service providers, civil society and other stakeholders, to support the adoption and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to respect, protect and fulfil women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Click here to access the series

    HRC Advances Rights of Women and Girls

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI), a coalition of organizations from Canada, Poland, India, Egypt, Argentina and Africa, that work together to advance human rights related to sexuality at the United Nations. The Sexual Rights Initiative welcomes the adoption by the United Nations Human Rights Council of three resolutions that […]

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    Action Canada appears before House of Commons Committee on International Development

    In April 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation and member of the standing committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Lois Brown introduced a motion to study youth in the developing world. On the recommendation of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was asked […]

    Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

    By Sandeep Prasad and MP Mylène Freeman* Originally published in the Montreal Gazette At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it […]

    Claiming Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    Resource guide developed by ESCR-Net and IWRAW  for the advancement of women’s economic, social and cultural rights using the Optional Protocol and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Optional Protocol and International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. Click here to read the guide

    Action Canada Joins over 100 organizations Up for Debate

    Alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, Action Canada is part of Up for Debate – a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Women in Canada have questions, Up for Debate challenges our leaders to answer […]

    Canada once again disappoints women, survivors of sexual violence

    Action Canada for Population and Development reports back from 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council   Governments and civil society organizations are once again calling into question Canada’s leadership on the Violence Against Women (VAW) resolution at the UN Human Rights Council. During this most recent session of the Council, which took place in June 2014, […]

    Women’s rights organizations call on Canada to implement outcomes from recent UN Commission on the Status of Women

    April 3, 2014 The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations, welcome the Government of Canada’s participation in the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which took place in New York, March […]

    Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls

    Authored by Betty Plewes, Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls explores the kinds of programming that Canadian CSOs carry out in support of women and girls; the trends in international granting of Canadian foundations; and the funding trend for gender equality programs by CIDA/DFATD. The report provides a base of […]

    Airlie Declaration on safe legal abortion

    ACPD (now Action Canada) attended the World Leaders Consultation on Uniting for Safe Legal Abortion (March 24-25 2014 during which the Arlie Declaration on safe legal abortion was drafted. The full version is posted below. Click here to download the declaration in PDF “We believe in a world where every woman and girl has the right […]

    Press Release: UNFPA releases report on ‘Motherhood in Childhood’

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2013: Motherhood in Childhood – Facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy – OCTOBER 30, 2013 Every year 18 million adolescent girls give birth in developing countries – 90% of them are married. In developing countries, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls […]

    Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots

    The report from the Association for Women’s Rights in Development provides the latest analysis on the funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the financial status of women’s organizations around the world. Based on a survey of over 1,100 women’s organizations in every region of the world, the report helps make sense of the rapidly […]

    HRC 24 Statement on Canada’s response to UPR recommendations

    Statement made during the 24th session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of ACPD (now Action Canada), Canadians for Choice (now Action Canada) and the Sexual Rights Initiative.   Thank you Mr. President I make this statement on behalf of the Sexual Rights Initiative and our national-level partner, Canadians for Choice. Our organizations remain […]

    Follow-up to UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sexual Violence Against Women

    The 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council came to an end on June 14th 2013. Action Canada for Population and Development (now Action Canada for Sexual Health and rights) participated in the session of the Council, and closely monitored the resolution on sexual violence against women. The resolution ‘Accelerating efforts to eliminate all […]

    Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HRC Resolution on Violence against Women

    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., MP Prime Minister of Canada 80 Wellington Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister: We, the undersigned organizations and women’s human rights defenders, are deeply concerned regarding Canada’s actions during the ongoing 23rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), which have weakened the annual HRC […]

    Press Release: Canada blocking efforts at the UN to address sexual violence against women

    Ottawa/Geneva – June 7 2013 – Governments and civil society are calling into question the leadership of the Canadian government on the theme of Violence Against Women at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).   In previous years, the Canadian government, which chairs the negotiations of the annual HRC resolution […]

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  • Youth

    The UN defines youth as persons between the age of 15 and 2. While the legal rights and responsibilities of those under 18 differ globally, it is important to recognize that youth have an evolving capacity for decision-making.

    SRH2017: That’s a wrap!

    Last week was Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week with the theme Ready for some pillow talk? Did you miss it? There are still ways you can get involved. Click here to learn more!

    Interactive play honoured for exploring social side of sexuality

    Source: Waterloo Chronicle | Bill Jackson Jillian Osterman remembers her sex-ed class in high school, but one of the main things she remembers about it is being bored. “There were things I wish I had more information about to have more confidence and security,” she said. That’s one of the reasons the 25-year-old, post-secondary student became a volunteer […]

    Planned Parenthood Regina wins award for Indigenous outreach program

    Source: CBC Saskatchewan Program has so far reached 830 youth, 10 community agencies Planned Parenthood Regina was recently recognized for its work increasing Indigenous leadership at the organization and reaching out to Indigenous populations. The Manachiwasin program, which means “respect self,” focused on delivering culturally appropriate sexual health information to six Regina community schools with high […]

    2016 Bentley Award Winners!

    Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Helen and Fred Bentley Awards of Excellence: Planned Parenthood Regina (first place) and Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education – SHORE Centre (second place)! We received a strong number of applications but Planned Parenthood Regina’s “Manachiwasin” (respect self) program […]

    Did you miss SWOP2016? Here’s a snapshot!

    Social Media snapshot of the Canadian launch of the UNFPA State of World Population report.

    Sept 28 WatchDog

    International Safe Abortion Day Watchdog Around the world, people are prevented from speaking out about and accessing a vital healthcare service: abortion. This is especially true of marginalised and minority groups, such as youth and adolescents, people living with disabilities, economically marginalised people, those who live in rural or remote locations, indigenous peoples, sex workers, […]

    Joint Submission to Human Rights Council: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights make this submission in response to the resolution of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council A/HRC/RES/30/40 on Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples which calls for submissions on the right to health and Indigenous Peoples, with a focus on children and youth. […]

    Action Canada Recommendations for Budget 2017

    Action Canada’s submission for Canada’s pre-budget consultation identifies recommendations that touch upon investments both in Canada and abroad. Domestically, Action Canada recommends increases in investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), in the health and safety of sex workers, and in child care. Globally, Action Canada recommends increases in investments […]

    Action Canada CESCR Statement in advance of Canada’s review

    Statement delivered on 22 February 2016 by Action Canada before the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in advance of Canada’s review. We have identified a number of concerns regarding Canada’s obligations under articles 2, 10 and 13 of the covenant. Regarding Article 2, the Governments’ response to the List of Issues indicates it […]

    Canada Election 2015: Opting for sexual health and rights

    In October 2015, Canada is holding a federal election. Elections represent key moments when individuals and groups have the opportunity to have their decision-makers, and the parties they represent, make commitments. Issues related to sexual and reproductive rights affect all people; yet, are often get left out of debates and discussions in the lead up […]

    Action Canada Statement before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

    Honourable Members, I want to begin by thanking you for the invitation to present before you today.  For those of you who are not familiar with it, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights is a Canadian organization working domestically and globally to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.  While the Committee’s study covers […]

    UN HRC adopts children’s rights resolution, calling for access to sexual and reproductive health services and CSE

    Action Canada is a member of the Sexual Rights Initiative, a coalition of organizations that has been advocating for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality at the UN Human Rights Council since 2006. Originally published on the SRI Website. The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) welcomes the adoption by the UN Human […]

    Opinion: The Power of 1.8 billion

    Dianne Stewart, Sandeep Prasad Wednesday, 11/26/2014 12:00 am EST Originally published in Embassy Never before has there been such a large population of young people in the world. In Ottawa to launch the State of World Population Report last week, the United Nations Population Fund looked at what is needed to unleash the vast potential and […]

    Press Release: Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2014: The power of 1.8 billion

    Launch of UNFPA State of World Population Report 2014: The power of 1.8 billion – adolescents, youth and the transformation of the future 18 November 2014 For immediate release In the first 3 years of the Muskoka Initiative – which was specifically undertaken to address maternal and child health – the government’s figures show that […]

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network Testimony to UN on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    Native Youth Sexual Health Network testimony submitted to UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Expert Group Meetings Click here to read the testimony

    Young People and the Law in Asia and the Pacific

    Source: UNESCO Bangkok To-date, there has been no systematic review of how laws and policies govern young people’s access to SRH/HIV information and services, and the ability of service providers to ensure these services are available and accessible to young people. This review aims to do so. It assesses criminal laws, laws in relation to age, […]

    Freedom of Choice: A Youth Activist’s Guide to Safe Abortion Advocacy

    Source: Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights Young women’s access to abortion touches on some of the most sensitive issues in cultures around the world: the role of parents, community and religious leaders in decision-making on the issue of children and adolescents and youth sexuality. It is within this context that this guide seeks […]

    Opinion: What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages

    Originally published on Huffington Post Canada By ACPD (now Action Canada) Executive Director Sandeep Prasad and Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Chair of the CAPPD) On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, […]

    Sandeep Prasad on UNFPA’s 2013 State of World Population Report

    During the Ottawa launch of the 2013 UNFPA State of World Population Report, Executive Director of ACPD (now Action Canada), Sandeep Prasad spoke to the role Canada could be playing to addressing adolescent pregnancy overseas. This is not a theoretical report.  It sets out the commitments relating specifically to adolescent girls that were made in 1994 by […]

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