WHISE is committed to addressing the social determinants that impact women’s sexual and reproductive health across the lifespan by developing initiatives based upon advocacy, capacity building, education and community development.
What is Sexual and Reproductive Health?
Sexual and reproductive health is an essential aspect of good general health and human development, and as such, is critically important at an individual and societal level.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes sexual health as:
'A state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.'
Sexual health incorporates reproductive health, which WHO defines as:
'people being able to have a responsible, satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how often to do so.'
As women live longer, healthier lives, they have the ability to remain sexually active well into their later years.
Sexual health has physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits, making it a vital part of healthy ageing, yet sexuality later in life receives little attention at the program, policy and direct provider level.
Sexual and Reproductive Health in our region
One of the ways WHISE works to improve sexual and reproductive health in the region is through our Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy 2018-2021.
The Strategy is a three-year region-wide strategy that promotes, celebrates and guides future directions that continuously improve Sexual and Reproductive outcomes throughout the Southern Metropolitan Region.
'Good Health Down South: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy' celebrates and guides future directions that continuously improve Sexual and Reproductive (SRH) outcomes throughout the Southern Metropolitan Region