Women's Health & Rights

A global emergency

The Syrian refugee crisis is an emergency that has not only a health burden, but many other social, educational, and family short and long term consequences.

The right to establish a family

" I am so happy I made this choice and I was given the opportunity to preserve my fertility. I have been able to become a mum."...

Family planning is a human right

The ability for women to choose how many children they want, and when they want to have them - if at all - is a human right.

Respecting women's human rights

Stephen Munjanja, member of FIGO's Women's Health and Human Rights committee, explains how their recent plans will be of particular benefit to Zimbabwe...

Improving rights-based family planning

Hear from Lucy Asaba, Uganda, on the importance of investing in rights-based, multidimensional approaches to contraception in Uganda.

Dressing wounds and restoring dignity

On World Refugee Day, FIGO hears from surgeon Dr. Sayeba Akhter, Bangladesh.

Free sanitary product scheme to be extended across Scotland

A scheme that provides women with access to free sanitary products is set to be expanded across Scotland, following a successful pilot in Aberdeen. The Scottish government has confirmed that it will be working to provide the charity FareShare with more than £500,000 in funding to help the...

The role of contraception within women’s rights

Earlier this month FIGO's Contraception Working Group met for two days at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offices in London...

Challenges of menstrual hygiene

A lack of effective, coordinated approaches for assisting vulnerable women to manage their menstruation with dignity in challenging settings around the world remains. This is according to new research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. They also found that the...

Employers criticised over attitudes to pregnant staff

Employers have been accused of "living in the dark ages" after a survey by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found 59 per cent of them believe women should disclose at interview if they are pregnant. The survey of 1,000 private sector employees also found that 46 per cent...