International Women’s Health Day, also known as International Day of Action for Women’s Health, is a day dedicated to women and aims to spread awareness about their right to health. Each year on 28th May, women and health organisations around the world commemorate this unique day. The International Women’s Health Day was founded in the year of 1987, following which the South African government acknowledged it in the same year.
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History of International Day of Action for Women’s Health
The International Women’s Health Day was started in the year of 1987, and the South African government recognised it at that time. With the launch of the day, a chance to educate and raise awareness about the importance of reproductive and sexual health as well as women’s rights was finally acknowledged.
Rights under the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
- Modern contraceptive methods ought to be used.
- Education on sexuality.
- Right to choose their own partner.
- Get sexuality related information.
- Abortion safety and post abortion nursing.
- Learn about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and infections, as well as how to prevent, care for, as well as treat them.
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There is a critical need for educating women around the world about topics such as Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), regardless of religion or age, remains paramount.
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