What is bodily autonomy?

Have you heard of the term ‘bodily autonomy’ before? Let us look at it from this perspective ‘autonomy’ means many different things one of which is the right of a country or organization to be independent and govern itself. Another meaning is ‘the ability to make your own decisions without being controlled or influenced by anyone else’ (Cambridge Dictionary)  

Needless to say, anyone should have the freedom and ability to make their own decisions when it comes to their own life or body it seems to be a no brainer, but did you know that according to a report by the United Nations nearly half of all women around the world are denied their bodily autonomy? According to data from 57 countries in the world (UNFPA Report). Bodily autonomy is a basic human right and is the foundation upon which other human rights are built.

 The 2021 State of World Population report ‘My Body is My Own’ is the first UN report focused on the power of people to make choices about their bodies “ without fear, violence or coercion” and we couldn’t agree more. How have we come so far in terms of technological breakthroughs, even using digital currencies now but for some odd reason many people around the world do not understand that forcing women to do anything against their will is immoral, unnatural, and inhumane?

When will we use our engineering “miracles” and our huge database of knowledge to spread awareness of the questionable atrocities that some people still have to face to this day?

To read the full report click on the link: Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms

 Remember your body is your own, your mind is your own and your life is your own. Do not let anyone force or manipulate you into doing something you are not sure about or have a bad gut feeling about. Do you, for you, and follow the beat of your own drum.

Halimun

 

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