BREASTFEEDING is an important part of women’s reproduction and benefits women’s health. Women have the right to breastfeed as enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As with other issues concerning women’s health and sexuality, breastfeeding takes place in a gendered world.
Hence breastfeeding promotion programmes should take into account the gendered context of women’s lives. Breastfeeding and child rearing are particularly difficult for the majority of the world’s women, marginalized by poverty, violence, poor nutritional status, job insecurities and gender inequalities.
BREASTFEEDING AND THE RIGHT TO SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Contribution to the General Comment on the right to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) by IBFAN and WABA. In light of the upcoming General Comment on the right to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) developed a paper for the attention of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on why breastfeeding is a women’s reproductive right and how this right can be supported.
Introduction to the issue on Gender Equality
WABA Calendar of event.