A UN report claimed that more than half of women in 57 developing countries of the world have no freedom to refuse sex with their partners. It also states that these women cannot even use contraceptives during sex or demand health care. This report by the UN Population Fund states that these data cover about a quarter of the world’s countries, with more than half of them from the African continent.
Men resorting to physical violence for sex
This report highlights the horrors of physical conditions for millions of women and girls, who cannot even demand their rights. In these countries, fear and physical violence are also used to build relationships with women. The UN Population Fund said that only 55 percent of girls and women in 57 countries are able to decide whether to have sex.
Violations of human rights of women
These women are the only ones capable of using contraception during sex with their partners and seeking health services for sexual or pregnancy. Apart from these, all the women are there, they have not got this freedom. The Fund’s Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, said the denial of physical autonomy is a violation of the fundamental human rights of women and girls. It reinforces inequalities and violence arising from gender discrimination.
Women have more rights in these areas than elsewhere
The report of the UN Population Fund is titled My Body Is My Own. It states that 76 percent of girls and women in East and South-East Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean countries can decide on sex, contraception, and health care themselves. However, this figure is less than 50 percent in Africa, Central, and South Asia.
The condition of women is worst in these three countries
This report also shows differences within regions. For example, in three countries of Africa – Mali, Niger, and Senegal, the situation of women is worst. In these countries, only 10 percent of women can make decisions about sex themselves. Whereas in many other countries, the number of such women is slightly higher.