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Human rights are viewed narrowly by governments as primarily political and civil and therefore seen as threatening rather than as entitlements towards improving well-being in all aspects of human life-socially culturally and economically Womens reproductive and sexual health is still perceived only in the context of their reproductive roles and functions Hence certain groups of women are omitted from receiving comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services such as adolescentyoung women single women older women and disabled women Womens reproductive and sexual rights seem to threaten mens control over women and womens bodies Womens individual reproductive rights are wrongly perceived as a threat to the well-being and interests of the family community and nation as a whole Reproductive rights are wrongly perceived as promoting promiscuous sex abortion and lesbianism Sexual rights of women are not accepted as a separate issue and so policies and laws promoting womens sexual rights have not been developed Womens sexual rights are deemed necessary and only proper to be seen within the context of their reproductive roles and functions Governments should uphold their commitments to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women the Beijing Platform for Action and the Cairo Program of Action Governments need to put in place parallel programs which would address the promotion of mens reproductive and sexual responsibilities Change is needed in men who are prone to being violent towards women who give women no say over their bodies and sexuality and who override womens decisions on these aspects who have no concerns on how many abortions women have to go through because they wont practice self-control or safer sex who have no concern that they can and do transmit STDs and HIV to women and who do not share in the household responsibilities and childcare Womens health policies programs and services should therefore not be designed without addressing gender-dis-empowered relations that women face either in their own homes or with the
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