Sexual and reproductive health

March 2023

Pregnancy and childbirth, compounded by gender inequalities, expose women and adolescent girls to sexual and reproductive health risks. A lack of autonomy to make decisions about one’s own reproductive health care, limited control over financial resources, restricted mobility to access services and power differentials between health care providers and recipients are all factors which may preclude women and adolescent girls from being empowered to exercise their reproductive rights and make decisions about their bodies and their futures.