Sexual Rights and the Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for Advocates


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The Sexual Rights Initiative & International Planned Parenthood Federation

The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) have developed this toolkit to help you shine an international spotlight on human rights violations related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in your country through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the United Nations (UN).

The UPR is a relatively new and unique process of the UN Human Rights Council where each of the 193 Member States of the UN is reviewed on its entire human rights record every four and a half years. It can be a very powerful tool to bring about real change in your country and support the work you are already doing at the national or local level.

The UPR is essentially a national process with specific moments which occur in Geneva, Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Council. There are several opportunities to participate in the UPR and you do not need to be involved in all of its stages for your advocacy to be successful. This toolkit will provide you with practical information on the UPR, how to participate and why it can be important for your sexual rights advocacy. You will also find helpful tips to maximize your advocacy throughout the process from sexual rights advocates who are already participating in the UPR. In addition, this toolkit will help you navigate your country’s UPR cycle so that you can decide how and when to engage.

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