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There’s still a long way to go on the road to sexual rights for all

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IF you compare gender equality today to just a few decades ago, for most of us it feels like we’ve progressed leaps and bounds since the Mad Men and obedient housewives of the 1960s.

On the long road to gender equality and sexual autonomy, we’ve had some big wins recently. Just last week, India finally decriminalised homosexuality; the #MeToo movement is ruffling feathers in the highest offices in the world; the gender pay gap is becoming a mark against management as companies are named and shamed for not keeping pace; and many of us are able to freely decide if, when and how to have a family.

But while progress has certainly be made, we can never get complacent, warns Regional Director of UNFPA for Asia and the Pacific, Bjorn Andersson, as the second we look away, it could all be gone.

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“We have made great achievements when it comes to laws and gender equality,” he said at the presentation for the new Guttmacher-Lancet Commission in Bangkok on Thursday.

“But we cannot rest for one-minute thinking that progress will last forever, they can change overnight.”

We need a holistic approach to sexual & reproductive health, led by human rights with individuals at the core!@bjornunfpa urges #SRHR stakeholders to come together at Asia-Pacific launch of @SRHRCommission #AccelerateProgress report: https://t.co/xpBbwg1hew........

© Asian Correspondent