Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

The working group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and HIV is an initiative of several member organisations and institutes of Be-cause Health which are specifically concerned in the implementation of the policy note “The Belgian Development Cooperation on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” of March 2007.

The working group aims to contribute to a better sexual and reproductive health in all countries where Belgian development actors  or those supported by Belgium intervene. As specific objective, it wants to facilitate the implementation of the policy note SRHR and this in the broader framework of the general health policy note. Towards this end, the working group develops tools on SRHR and HIV which can be used in the different phases in the cyclus of development programmes, from the negotiations until the evaluation.

The activities of the working group conform to the three priorities of the Belgian Development Cooperation:

  1. the integration of sexual and reproductive health care in general health care services,
  2. the fight against sexual violence and other related malpractices,
  3. the sexual and reproductive health care and rights during humanitarian crises, conflicts and peace construction.

Seminar on Public Private Partnerships for Reproductive Health – What does it take to succeed?

The working group organised on 21st November 2018 a seminar on Public Private Partnerships for Reproductive Health – What does it take to succeed? Consult the report here.

23/04 2020
Mayra Titira, pro bono lawyer from Ecuador visiting Belgium The Ecuadorian activist Mayra Tirira works as a pro-Deo lawyer at the women's organisation Surkuna. This legal-feminist human rights organisation assists women, girls and young people in cases involving abortion, sexual violence, forced motherhood, etc.

Reference documents

The Directorate-General on Development Cooperation developed strategy notes which provide concrete guidelines with regard to SRHR. Be-cause health helped to write these guidelines and is currently working on an update of the SRHR module. In preparation of a new update of the general strategy note ‘Recht op gezondheid’ (Right to healthcare), Be-cause health also prepared a new SRHR module. This module proposes guidelines in relation to the implementation of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) interventions and integration of the fight against HIV by actors of the Belgian development cooperation.
  • Strategy note “Recht op Gezondheid” (The right to health) – SRHR module [not yet available online]
Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights:  

Composition & members

Marlies Casier
The working group exists of representatives from the International Center for Reproductive health – ICRH/Ghent University, Sensoa, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Le Monde selon les Femmes, GAMS Belgique - Groupe pour l’Abolition des mutilations sexuelles féminines, Médecins du monde – Dokters van de Wereld, Memisa, Belgian Medical Student Association - BeMSA, FOS – Socialistische Solidariteit, ULB – Ecole de Santé Publique, Viva Afrika – Sant’ Egidio, The Walking Egg, as well as individual members and observers including representatives from the Department Foreign Affairs of the Flemish Government, the Belgian Development Cooperation – DGD, Health Unit and Gender Unit.