Redressing Gendered Health Inequalities of Displaced Women and Girls

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Central American Women in Displacement: Needs and Barriers regarding their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

Central American Women in Displacement: Needs and Barriers regarding their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

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The University of Southampton through the ReGHID Project and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are implementing the Sexual and Reproductive Health Survey among migrant women who have returned to Honduras and El Salvador after a period of displacement in Mexico. The purpose of the survey is to explore their needs and the barriers they faced in accessing health services d during their  migration journey and their experiences of sexual and reproductive health.

Activities related to this survey have been successfully rolled out thanks to the working partnership between the ReGHID team, led by Prof Pia Riggirozzi and IOM, in particular: Nicola Graviano (Chief of Mission for IOM El Salvador), Ámbar Assaf (UNFPA/Honduras Gender Sub-cluster) Liz Ramos and Ivan Fuentes who acted as the country survey Coordinators in Honduras and El Salvador respectively.

Likza Salazar, IOM Honduras Office Manager, stated that the ReGHID survey ‘is the first of its kind in Central America and it is an effort that involves various actors, including academia, to ensure a comprehensive approach to migration issues’

‘Access to health, the reduction of inequalities and gender equality are priority issues to ensure development, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Compact for Migration. In this sense, the data we obtain will serve to generate proposals to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of returned Central American migrant women,’ said Nicola Graviano, Chief of Mission for OIM in El Salvador.

Read the original article published on the IOM Website (in Spanish language) by following this link.