Let’s Talk About Sex: Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – A Corner Stone of Gender Equality

Every two minutes a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth, many from unsafe abortions; every week thousands of girls are going through female genital mutilation; every year 225 million girls and women of reproductive age have an unmet need for family planning.

A woman’s right to decide on her own life and body is the cornerstone of gender equality and sustainable development. However, women’s right has once again become a battlefield across the globe, and the political fronts are moving back and forth. Even though there is room for improvement in the Nordic countries too, the Nordics have historically been front runners of equality, bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights – domestically and internationally. 

Sadly, covid-19 has furthered gender inequality. Human and financial resources, especially in low-and middle-income countries, have been pulled away from women’s sexual and reproductive health, and women’s rights are violated as a result. 

If we want a sustainable future, we cannot shy away from talking about sex, rights and bodily autonomy. We will be discussing what actions need to be taken – by individuals, by states and by multilateral organisations - to secure that women across the globe have the power over their own bodies and lives.

There will be high-level representatives from United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, the Danish government and NGOs working on inclusion. The event will consist of a 45-minute in-dept panel and a performance by award-winning slam poet, Emi Mahmoud, World Champion Poet (Sudan/US)


3rd June at 8 – 9.30am EST / 14-15.30 CET