The United Nations sexual health and reproductive health agency has published a report that finds that about 45% of women in this world do not have the right to their own body.
Bodily autonomy, like any form of personal autonomy, is an important part of the Humanist philosophy. The UN report defined bodily autonomy as having three elements; Can a woman say no to sex? Can a woman decide over her own birth control? Can a woman decide over her own healthcare? Only when women were able to decide over all three were they seen as having bodily autonomy.
The report only contained 57 countries, but is an important step towards acknowledging the need to fight for bodily autonomy for all. The right to bodily autonomy is one that the EHF advocates for in Europe, but this fight does not stop at its borders. It is therefore that the EHF is happy to see this report on the state of women’s rights to bodily autonomy in this world. If you would like to read the report itself you can do so by clicking here.