The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is an international collaboration led by the Guttmacher Institute, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and The Lancet. Established in early 2016, the goal of the Commission is to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based, bold and actionable agenda for key sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) priorities over the next 15 years and beyond.
Health and development initiatives, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, address important aspects of SRHR but often fail to cover some critically important elements, such as access to safe abortion care, nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and adolescent sexuality. To address these and other gaps, the Commission will synthesize existing evidence and draw on recently published analyses to articulate a progressive and evidence-based vision for SRHR that is grounded in human rights. By making sure to integrate elements that are rarely recognized and addressed in global discussions, the Commission will promote a more holistic view of SRHR and make the strong and indisputable case that investing in SRHR is essential to sustainable development at all levels. Ultimately, the Commission aims to encourage the adoption—at the global, regional and country levels—of policies and programs that change harmful social norms, uphold human rights, promote gender equality, and give women greater control over their bodies and lives.