Operationalising Rights

We will generate new knowledge on conextualising and operationalising rights at national and local level.

There is a well-developed international language of human rights on sexual and reproductive health, accompanied by international advocacy efforts. However, sexual and reproductive health and rights remain controversial and contested, and sexual rights in particular are poorly understood by many policy actors.

They are seldom operationalised ‘downstream' in policies and programmes at national and local level. Consortium partners have considerable expertise in rights, poverty and vulnerabilities, and in policy analysis. We will build on this work and focus on knowledge generation and policy influence at regional, national and local levels.

This theme cuts across the previous two themes, and will address research questions such as:

•  What are the policy processes through which sexual and reproductive health and rights are contested , negotiated and realised? How do controversial issues get onto the policy agenda?

•  What legal , legislative and policy instruments have proved successful in furthering sexual and reproductive health rights?

•  How are sexual and reproductive health rights being defined and claimed in different social and political contexts? How do coalitions become mobilised?

•  How can a rights-based approach help mobilise demand for improved access and quality of sexual and reproductive health services, particularly when target groups are silent and disempowered?

•  What tools can assist national policymakers in monitoring sexual and reproductive health rights?