Q: What is SheDecides?
SheDecides is a global movement, launched at the start of 2017, to support the fundamental rights of girls and women to decide freely and for themselves about their sexual lives, including whether, when, with whom and how many children they have. This includes having access to modern contraception, to sexual and relationship literacy and safe abortion. SheDecides unites everyone who believes that every girl and every woman should decide for herself about what she does with her body: to enjoy all sexual and reproductive rights, the right to pursue healthy, pleasurable sexual lives – free from judgement, stigma, coercion and harm. SheDecides is building a broad, inclusive social and political movement, grounded in the realities of women and girls everywhere. SheDecides is unapologetic about our focus on the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive rights and health, including safe abortion and comprehensive sexuality education.
The simple phrase “She Decides” has resonated among many different people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world. It is a simple, clear rallying cry that unifies several human rights issues for every girl and woman worldwide, especially autonomy over her body and what it means for her, her community and society more broadly if she can decide. SheDecides as a movement unites the energy, drive, anger and influence of the widest range of citizens, businesses, governments, parliamentarians, young people, international organisations, foundations, collectives, NGOs, grassroots activists, health and legal professionals, academics, artists and everybody who cares about the rights of girls and women. This diversity, the fact that such a broad range of people and groups stand shoulder to shoulder; and the high level of political support from diverse regions and countries, creates a unique opportunity. By connecting them, SheDecides is bringing to the surface the fact that we – the people who believe that She should decide - are the majority.
SheDecides amplifies voices of positive change, supports real change in communities and countries, mobilises more resources, demonstrates solidarity and gives birth to new alliances.