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[Comment] Addressing the unfinished agenda on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the SDG era

The autonomy and empowerment of women are essential not only for their own health and wellbeing but also for those of their families and communities and, ultimately, for sustainable development. Sexual and reproductive health are, in turn, fundamental for women’s full participation in society. Recognising this, in 1994 in Cairo, Egypt, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) formally recognised that reproductive rights were linked to human rights already protected under international law, created a definition of reproductive health that explicitly relied on the ability of individuals to decide if, and when, to reproduce, and compiled a list of essential elements of reproductive health care.