IN THIS DAY AND AGE, SOME PEOPLE ARE STILL DEPRIVED OF THE FREEDOM TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT THEIR BODIES AND LIVES.
Through the My Body My Rights Campaign, Amnesty International will work together with young people to make sure that they are able to decide on their own bodies, their lives, and their own sexual reproductive health.
All over the world, people are coerced, criminalized and discriminated against, simply for making choices about their bodies and their lives. We all have the right to make decisions about our own health, body, sexuality and reproductive life, without fear, coercion, violence or discrimination. But everywhere, people’s freedom to make these decisions is controlled by the state, medical professionals, even their own families. Criminal law and punitive sanctions are frequently used to control such choices. In the end, many people are prevented from making any choice at all.
In the Philippines, Karapatana takes flight for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. You, too, can become your own super hero, ask your government to deliver their promise of full protection and promotion for the rights of women, girls and young people everywhere.
WHO IS KARAPATANA?
She is a super heroine who has dedicated her life in defending human rights. Her power emanates from the aspirations set forth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She draws her strength and inspiration from upholding the rights of other people. She gives voice to the voiceless and stands with those without power.
My Body My Rights is Amnesty International’s global campaign to stop the control and criminalization of sexuality and reproduction by governments and others by working on tangible change in people’s lives and challenging stigma and breaking the silence that can surround these issues. This campaign will also remind world leaders of their obligations to respect, protect and fulfill sexual and reproductive rights in global negotiations to promote human rights, peace and security, and development beyond 2015.