Reproductive and Sexual Rights: Changing Perspectives

This month professor Sofia Gruskin delivered a talk entitled “Reproductive and Sexual Rights: Changing Perspectives from Cairo & Beijing (1990s) to Transgender Population & the International Classification of Diseases (2015),” at Harvard University. The talk, organized by T.H. Chan’s Women, Gender and Health Seminar Series, focused on situating human rights law in global health work to show how definitions and approaches to reproductive and sexual health and rights have evolved over time. Using the upcoming revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) as an example, Professor Gruskin discussed in detail the harms of the classification of transgender populations in the current ICD, how this should change in the upcoming revision, and concerns for the future of sexual and reproductive health and rights more generally.