First, women rights and access to these rights are comprehensive sexual are basic human rights.
According to the World Health Organisation, Reproductive rights are legal rights and freedom relating to relating to reproductive health that varies amongst countries around the world. It rests on the recognition of the basic right of all couples and individual to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children and to have access to the information.
Reproductive rights in my own opinion are the right to express sexuality and to take decisions that concern one’s body. However, in many parts of the world, many women are been persecuted for making their own choices about their bodies.
These rights may include all of the theses or some; right to legal and safe abortion, rights to freedom from discrimination, and violence, the right to birth control, coerced sterilization, rights to good standard reproductive healthcare.
Others include, protective from practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), right to menstrual health, right to choose if, when and who to marry, right to decide if you want children, when and how many, right to education and access in order to make an informed choice concerning their reproductive health, freedom from rape.
Access to these rights has a great impact on women’s life. For some women, pregnancies may occur too early or closely after the previous one which may harm maternal health and increase the risk of prematurity and low birth weight.
When a woman is empowered with the reproductive rights, there will be a positive impact on their education and workforce participation which would lead to income stability, family stability, mental health stability which have a huge impact on the prosperity of the nation.
Women should be able to delay and space childbearing. Have access to family planning services.