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Sexual and Reproductive Health as Rights

Part of the Global Research in Gender, Sexuality and Health book series (GRGSH)


The first section opens with an introduction to the fundamental sources of contention around human rights, particularly as they apply to human health. This is followed by an outline of the status of key human rights treaties in the context of sexual and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa. A human right to health is then contrasted with citizen entitlements. An integrated conception of sexual and reproductive health is set out in detail, tracing the development of reproductive health from a stand-alone health matter detached from sexual rights to conceptions where the two are viewed as necessarily joined.


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Poku, N.K. (2020). Sexual and Reproductive Health as Rights. In: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global Research in Gender, Sexuality and Health. Palgrave Pivot, Singapore.

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