Research Project

Human Rights and Reproductive Justice

This project aims to understand the origins of reproductive coercion in outdated, colonialist, and harmful mental health laws and policies. It will support the mapping of such laws and policies in a geographically diverse selection of countries from the Southeast Asia/Pacific region, as well as the work of the UN human rights system to address these practices in the selected countries (UPR and Treaty Bodies). The project will contribute to build a narrative of how human rights and reproductive justice can challenge the basis for reproductive coercion for mental health reasons. Using a reproductive justice lens enables a more robust understanding of how reproductive coercion continues to occur as legally sanctioned practices, as it captures the multiple, intersecting forms of discrimination experienced by people with disabilities who can become pregnant.

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UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Its mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

This project is open to postgraduate students who are taking the Human Rights Centre Clinic Module (HU902). Applications for 2021/2022 are now closed.


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