January 23, 2022

IFLA: Libraries and Women’s Rights to Sexual and Reproductive Health: Building Awareness, Providing Access to Information and Knowledge

From the International Federation of Library Associations:

IFLA has submitted a response to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights’ call for inputs on women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Libraries around the world are working to raise awareness and knowledge about women’s SRHR, helping deliver on their fundamental rights to health and access to information.


As part of their mission to deliver equitable access to knowledge and information, libraries help ensure that women and girls are able to acquire, understand and use SRHR information. Drawing on the experiences of different libraries in this field, IFLA has prepared a submission to this call for inputs, highlighting various good practices and key considerations.

This submission discusses:

  • The role of core library services (access to relevant print and electronic courses, information services, public internet access) in ensuring women and girls’ access to SRHR information.
  • Library-based targeted initiatives designed to raise awareness and knowledge of SRHR, especially initiatives focusing on girls and women in more vulnerable demographics.
  • Examples of partnerships working to widen access to SRHR information and services through libraries.

Learn More, Read the Complete Post

Direct to Complete Submission to Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights
3 pages; PDF.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.