The Body In Development Speak


This opinion piece offers a critique of the way in which development talks about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR):

“To truly move towards the realisation of SRHR for all, the frameworks through which we view SRHR must be broader. We need to understand how pleasure, desire, and relationships, in addition to discourses on ‘power’ and ‘access’ connect to ‘health’ decisions of women and young people. To address the ‘unmet need for contraception’ we do also need to understand how reluctance around or low contraceptive use is not just about a lack of access to contraceptives, or a lack of knowledge of correct usage, but also about fears of how it affects one’s sexual relationships, sexuality, and pleasure.”