Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) can be seen as a determining factor in one’s well-being and as an essential part of human rights. Although the topic receives a lot of attention nowadays, the sexual needs and desires of people with a disability are rarely addressed. Due to misunderstandings and social prejudices, they are excluded from information and they often don't have access to SRHR related services and care, leaving them amongst the most marginalized groups when it comes to SRHR.

Information, respect and safety

Within the Liliane Foundation, we believe that everyone - including people with a disability - should be able to make informed decisions about their own body, sex and sexuality and that these choices should be respected. Even more so, as people with a disability are more vulnerable to gender based violence, sexual abuse and other harmful practices due to their lack of knowledge. It is therefore important that they receive quality information and have access to youth-friendly services where they are treated with respect.

Strategic Partner Organisations

The projects of our Strategic Partner Organisations are characterized by their holistic approach. For example, in Indonesia and Nicaragua, not only youth with disabilities are provided with information about SRHR. So are their parents, teachers, communities, and the local government officials. The projects aim to make information and education services accessible for youth with disabilities by promoting comprehensive sexuality education in schools and community health care centres. This contributes to the empowerment of children and youth with disabilities to make informed decisions about their body, lives and future and to prevent sexual abuse.

Publications

For further reading on the topic of SRHR, we recommend the following titles.

Change agents with a disability
Everybody matters
 

 

Other areas of expertise

We are continuously expanding our expertise in these themes to facilitate our Partner Organizations.

Community Based Rehabilitation
Disaster Risk Management
Inclusive Education
Inclusive Employment
• Transport and communication​

 

Theme expert

For more information about our activities on SRHR, please contact our theme expert.

Laura Honders
+ 31 73 518 94 20
E-mail