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There is a strong link between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender-based violence (GBV). GBV can have negative impacts on SRHR by causing physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, and abortion. GBV can also result in psychological harm, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, which can affect an individual’s ability to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

Conversely, poor access to SRHR can also increase the risk of GBV. There are cases of women being prohibited from using contraceptives by their partners. Lack of access to contraceptives is the major cause of unintended pregnancies, which often increases the risk of GBV, particularly if the pregnancy is unwanted by the partner. Similarly, a lack of access to safe abortion services can lead to women having to resort to unsafe means of terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Seeking out unsafe abortion services, which can increase the risk of GBV.

SRHR is important to men’s health and wellbeing and can lead to healthier relationships, family life and mutual support between partners.

Overall, it is important to address both SRHR and GBV in order to create an equitable and healthier society for all individuals. This requires addressing the underlying gender inequality and power imbalances that contribute to GBV and working to ensure that all individuals have access to the sexual and reproductive health services and information they need to make more informed decisions about their lives.

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