Guiding Principles

The work of the SOGC's International Women's Health Program is guided by the following principles:

  • Health professionals have the obligation to defend and promote women's sexual and reproductive rights.

  • All women should have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, skilled attendance at birth and timely access to emergency obstetric and newborn care.

  • Safe motherhood and newborn health are two basic human rights. Defending and promoting them is a matter of social justice, professional responsibility and moral obligation.

  • Women's sexual and reproductive health is influenced by a number of socioeconomic and cultural factors, all of which need to be taken into account in order to improve women's health.

  • Women's empowerment is a prerequisite for improved sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  • Sexual and reproductive health services, including essential obstetrical care (EOC), should be provided through the primary health care system.

  • Health professionals and their professional associations have an obligation to help ensure women's access to quality sexual and reproductive health services.

  • North-South and South-South partnerships should be promoted as the most effective means to defend sexual and reproductive rights globally, regionally and nationally.
Guiding Principles