Non-discrimination, Vulnerable Groups

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as Human Right for All

Marginalized groups, intigenous people, LGBTIQ+, Refugees and migrants and persons with disabilities are especially vulnerable and face discrimination and violence. They have more difficulty accessing essential sexual and reproductive healdcare services, because of social norms, attitudes and values.


The discrimination and violence that LGBTI people experience often force them to lead a hidden life, consequently, it is more difficult for them to access sexual and reproductive healthcare services and they cannot freely develop relationship with a partner of their choice. 

Read more: Accelerate progress – sexual and reproductive health and rights for all (The lancet 2018)

Refugees and migrants

Migration may put people in situations that render them vulnerable, they have difficulty accessing essential health care. and that is why they are vulnerable to problems related to srh, sexual violence, exploitation and other human rights violations.

Read more: SRHR of refugees and migrants (WHO, 2016)
Forced Migration & SRHR (Rutgers 2021)

Persons with disabilities

It is estimated that 15 percent of world’s population – one billion people – have some kind of disability. Sadly in many countries disabilities are seen as shameful, the result of a curse, or even as punishment from God. Families often hide disabled family members from the community or stop them from fully participatinf in the community’s social activities.

Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health needs and rights as any other person, yet they often face barriers to information and services regarding them. People with disabilities are often subjected to discrimination and violence, and to a large extent are deprived of their right to live independently.

Read more:

Promoting sexual and reproductive health for persons with disabilities (WHO/UNFPA 2009) 

Young Persons with Disabilities: Global Study on Ending Gender-based Violence and Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (UNFPA 2018)