Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Towards Universal Health Coverage Policy and Programming

Call for papers for: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editor:

Dr. Ritu Mahendru
[email protected]



This special issue on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Towards Universal Health Coverage Policy and Programming will focus on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. It will contribute to the monitoring and learning of three transformative results to i) End Maternal Death ii) Unmet Need of Family Planning, and iii) End Gender Based-Violence and All Harmful Practices by 2030 to meet the deadline for achieving the sustainable development goals. The issue will focus on results and learning. It seeks contributions from experts and professionals implementing Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) programmes, advocating for specific interventions at the government and community levels in development and humanitarian contexts, have learning from research and impact evaluations, inter alia. It will answer the following questions:

  1. What are the best practices and methodologies that can inspire and inform countries embarking on SRHR and Universal Health Coverage reform? This could be learning, partnership models, an impact evaluation etc.
  2. What are the best ways to address unmet needs of different population groups throughout the life course, from infancy and childhood through adolescence and into adulthood and old age? These could be specific interventions, and proposals on reducing maternal mortality, end unmet need for family planning, and end GBV and all harmful practices
  3. What are the practices, models and learning from implementing an Essential Package of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services?
  4. What are the best practices, models and learning to engage young people, NGOs and civil society to advocate for youth-centred SRHR?

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence
  • Demographic Dividend
  • Youth-centred SRH
  • Gender and Health Equity
  • Women’s Health and unsafe abortions
  • Maternal and child mortality
  • HIV/AIDs and STI
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Family Planning
  • Harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation
  • Partnership and advocacy
  • Universal Health Coverage
  • Contraceptive and modern methods
  • Cervical cancer screening and vaccinations
  •  Comprehensive sex education
  • LGBTQ rights
  •  Development and humanitarian nexus
  • Essential/Integrated package of SRHR


Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 15 November 2020
The publication date of this special issue is July 2021
To submit your research, please visit:

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights: Towards Universal Health Coverage Policy and Programming” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”

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