Since 1992 RHM has developed a whole new way of thinking about sexuality and reproduction. It generates knowledge, disseminates evidence, and advocates for an environment in which universal sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are realised through evidence-based laws, policies, programmes and services. RHM has an international network and engages with partners and collaborators around the globe. RHM and its regional teams publish RHM papers in seven languages.
aims and scope
to promote laws, policies, research and services that meet women’s and men’s reproductive health needs and support the right to decide whether, when and how to have children
to examine experiences, values, information and issues from the point of view of the women whose lives are affected
to motivate improvements in policy, services and practice
to inspire new thinking and action in the field.
rhm’s work is by and for
sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates
health service providers, including obstetrician-gynaecologists and other clinicians, midwives and nurses, family planning providers and associations, HIV counselling and treatment providers, and counsellors
health policymakers, ministries and health departments, including maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, family planning and STIs/HIV/AIDS
national and international health professional associations
international agencies and donors, including United Nations agencies
NGOs and other civil society organisations focusing on health and human rights, and population and development
social science and biomedical researchers and scientists
academics and their students in public health, law, medicine, social science and demography
university and post-graduate education and training courses for sexual and reproductive health professionals
university and other libraries and resource centres
journalists, newspapers, newsletters, journals and magazines, and
those in related fields.
In October 1992, a group of women’s health advocates from different parts of the world met in London to discuss the need for a feminist approach to family planning and population policy. This meeting was precipitated by controversy during a women’s rights conference in 1990 in New York, in a session called “Is a feminist population policy possible?” The group recognised the need for a platform to publish research that put women’s needs in the centre and allow women to voice their experiences and views. That meeting in London was the foundation of Reproductive Health Matters journal. At the end of 1992, the Ford Foundation offered to fund two journal issues to be published in 1993 – Population and family planning policies: women-centred perspectives, and Making abortion safe and legal: the ethics and dynamics of change. The funding from Ford Foundation was extended for two additional years, and included funds to explore possibilities of translation into other languages. Over the years RHM has had generous support from several other donors. Those present at the meeting continue to be active supporters of RHM.
Marge Berer has been the driving force behind RHM since it was founded in 1992 and led the organisation until 2015. She co-edited the journal with TK Sundari Ravindran from 1993 to 1998 when she became sole editor. While editing the journal – motivating and mentoring a generation of new authors – Marge also promoted RHM’s rights-based, evidence-based, feminist perspective on SRHR through participation in meetings, teaching, presenting at conferences, contributing to guidance and supporting advocacy.
With evolution in the field and a range of SRHR issues emerging, RHM has expanded its scope to address universal SRHR for women, men and transgender people regardless of age or sexual orientation, while maintaining its commitment to a feminist perspective.
RHM is registered as a charity and a company limited by guarantee in England. The RHM office is in London, UK.
Registered charity no.1040450
Limited company registered no.2959883