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SRHM Podcast

By Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters (SRHM)
The SRHM Podcast explores new research and emerging trends in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters or SRHM promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights globally. At the heart of SRHM is a multidisciplinary, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. SRHM also creates and participates in spaces that motivate improvements in research, policy, services and practice. It contributes to capacity building in knowledge generation.

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Pleasure Matters – shining a light on pleasure as a core element of SRHR

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Pleasure Matters – shining a light on pleasure as a core element of SRHR
In this episode, four experts discuss the importance of pleasure for health and wellbeing and how it connects to family planning and contraception. They also discuss the pleasure deficit, why it exists and what we can do about it. This episode is moderated by Anne Philpott who is the Founder and Co-Director of The Pleasure Project - an international education and advocacy organization working to eroticize safer sex. Anne is speaking with Ana Santos, an award-winning journalist who reports on the intersections of sexuality, sexual health, and female migrant labour. She is also a Pleasure Fellow at The Pleasure Project. Anne is also speaking with Mahmoud Garga, Lead Specialist in Strategic Communication, Media Relations and Digital Campaigning at the IPPF Africa Regional Office. He also leads their Treasure You Pleasure campaign across Sub-Saharan Africa. And lastly, Jessica Sanders is also joining the conversion. Jessica is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in the Division of Family Planning and Director of research at the ASCENT Center for reproductive and sexual health. She received her PhD in Public Health from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Women’s Health. Useful links: The Pleasure Project The Pleasure Principles – guide to implementing pleasure based sexual health The Systematic Review on 'What is the added value of incorporating pleasure in sexual health interventions?' · Explanatory note · Journal article The World Association of Sexual Health Sexual Pleasure Declaration The World Association for Sexual Health’s Declaration on Sexual Pleasure: A technical guide World Sexual Health Day – Let’s talk Pleasure - 2022 Treasure your pleasure campaign The campaign, in English, French and Portuguese aims to create a safe space for youth in Africa to talk about sex freely, reducing shame through bold communication that resonates with them and grabs their attention while also advocating for safe sex and the importance of pleasure. Middle Me Podcast with Ana Santos By Jessica Sanders: Sex, poverty, and public health: Connections between sexual wellbeing and economic resources among US reproductive health clients Measuring the Sexual Acceptability of Contraception: Psychometric Examination and Development of a Valid and Reliable Prospective Instrument
September 02, 2022
What just happened?: Abortion in the U.S. after Roe
On June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade and thus removed constitutional protection for abortion rights in the country. This decision will hurt millions of people – especially those who already face discriminatory obstacles to health care. In response, we recorded this episode of the SRHM Podcast to better understand the situation in the U.S. right now and the implications of this milestone ruling. The conversation is moderated by Mindy Jane Roseman, Director of International Law Programs at Yale Law, the Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, and SRHM Associate Editor. Mindy is speaking with Elizabeth Nash, Principal Policy Associate, State Issues with the Guttmacher Institute in Washington, DC, and Rachel Rebouché, Interim Dean of Temple University Beasley School of Law and James E. Beasley Professor of Law. Useful links: The new abortion battleground by David S. Cohen, Greer Donley and Rachel Rebouché Updated map of abortion laws per state: New numbers on abortion in the US for 2019 and 2020: Take action: If you can, consider donating to the Center for Reproductive Rights (, Planned Parenthood (, or other advocacy groups or abortion clinics in the U.S.
July 05, 2022
Sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice in the war against Ukraine 2022
In this episode, SRHM Chief Executive Eszter Kismodi speaks with five experts on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in relation to the war against Ukraine. Together, they cover issues such as access to SRHR in Ukraine and in neighboring countries, the complexity of delivering humanitarian aid, the nuances of surrogacy during wars, as well as the importance of humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal law. Speakers: Galina Maistruk - Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Ukraine Wanda Nowicka - Member of Parliament in Poland Alison Motluk - Freelance Journalist specialized in assisted reproduction Dr. Henia Dakkak - Head of Policy and Liaison Unit, Humanitarian Office, UNFPA in Moldova  Christina Zampas - Associate Director of Global Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights Resources: SRHM editorial on SRHR in Ukraine Ukraine’s Surrogacy Industry Has Put Women in Impossible Positions by Alison Motluk published in The Atlantic HeyReprotech newsletter by Alison Motluk Ukraine Surrogacy Dispatch newsletter by Alison Motluk
March 23, 2022
Poetry for sexual and reproductive justice
Following a call for poetry in September 2021, SRHM published its first poetry anthology on sexual and reproductive justice. To celebrate the release of the collection, we invited five poets and a member of the Selection Committee to read their poems and share what inspired them to write. This episode of the SRHM Podcast is the recording from the launch event. SRHM's poetry collection is available online at Poets: Megan Spencer (poem: on mother’s day, our first together.) Carmen Barosso (poem: Forgive me, Father) Haiber Andres Logos Lemus (poem: Libertad + Amor / Freedom + Love) Elizabeth Wright Veintimilla (poem: For the women who came before us) Mahamuda Rahman (poem: My body is my soul) Jane Cottingham (poem: This is where)
March 21, 2022
Trans reproductive justice
This episode features Avery Everhart, Blas Radi and A.J. Lowik. Together, they discuss the importance of inclusive language and best practices, how social movements for trans rights and reproductive justice are influenced by geographic contexts, and how the criteria for political participation are too often based on cisnormative logic. The episode concludes with several recommendations on how to be more inclusive. Read Blas Radi’s article published by SRHM: The transcript for this episode is available here: Other resources: Florence Ashley: Pregnancy: Reproductive Futures in Trans of Color Feminism by micha cárdenas: Dr. A.J. Lowik’s manual on trans inclusive abortion services:
February 01, 2022
US foreign policy and abortion
In this episode, Emily Maistrellis, Senior Program Officer at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health is hosting a conversation with three colleagues on the impact of US foreign policy on abortion worldwide. More specifically, they discuss the Global Gag Rule, or the GGR, and how even though the policy was rescinded in January 2021, the effects continue to be seen globally. Speakers: Patty Skuster, Beck Chair in Law at Temple Law School and fellow with the Center for Public Health Law Research Anand Tamang, Founding Director of CREHPA, a research organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal Evelyne Opondo, Senior Regional Director for Africa at the Center for Reproductive Rights This episode builds on a special journal issue published by SRHM and Columbia University titled Exporting harm: impact of the expanded Global Gag Rule on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
December 14, 2021
Surrogacy and reproductive justice
In today’s episode, Mindy Jane Roseman, SRHM Associate Editor, Director of International Law Programs at Yale Law and Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights is speaking with Dr. Marcin Smietana, Research Associate in the Reproductive Sociology Research Group at Cambridge University and Sarojini Nadimpally, Founder of Sama Resource Group for Women and Health and the former Co-chair of People's Health Movement Global. Together, they discuss the evolution and complexities of surrogacy worldwide. They explore how surrogacy is viewed in different areas of the world, how laws vary, and how to frame the issue from a reproductive justice perspective. This episode builds on an article co-authored by Marcin titled, “Moral frameworks of commercial surrogacy within the US, India and Russia”, which was published in the SRHM Journal last spring.
November 30, 2021
Texas abortion ban: what it means and what happens next
In September 2021, the state of Texas implemented Senate Bill 8 (SB8) banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, including in cases of rape and incest. This is one of the most restrictive state laws on abortion in the country. To better understand what this means, SRHM gathered expert speakers to discuss how SB8 was implemented, the strategies being pursued to stop its enforcement and the ban’s implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the US and beyond. Speakers: Dr. Kari White - Associate Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Faculty Research Associate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas Melanie Fontes - Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights Dr. Samuel Dickman - Medical Director for Primary Care at Planned Parenthood South Texas More resources: What if Roe fell? by the Center for Reproductive Rights They Say They Are Attacking Abortion. They Are Really Hurting the Poor, Op-ed by Dr. Dickman in The New York Times I’m an abortion doctor in Texas. My patients are desperate, Op-ed by Dr. Dickman in The Guardian Texas Policy Evaluation Project How Texas Banned Almost All Abortion, The Daily Podcast 
November 04, 2021
Rethinking abortion legal reforms in India and South Korea
in this episode, Rupsa Mallik, Director of Programs and Innovation at CREA, a feminist international human rights organization based in the Global South and led by women from the Global South, is in conversation with Na Young who is the co-founder and representative of the Centre for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice or SHARE, in South Korea. Together, they discuss abortion legal reforms by comparing India and South Korea’s journeys to advance safe and legal abortion. This episode builds on a commentary published by SRHM titled “The MTP 2020 Amendment Bill: anti-rights subjectivity” which focuses on the Indian context.
October 27, 2021
The effectiveness of self-managed abortion using misoprostol alone
In this episode, Dr. Ruvani Jayaweera is in conversation with her colleagues Dr. Heidi Moseson, Ijeoma Egwuatu, and Ika Ayu Kristiangrum about recent research from the SAFE study on the effectiveness of self-managed abortion using misoprostol alone. Together, they discuss how these findings can be contextualized within the clinical literature and the implications of these findings for those who need access to abortion and those who support them. This episode builds on a commentary published in the SRHM journal entitled, “A love letter to misoprostol, the original abortion medication,” by Dr. Ruvani Jayaweera, Dr. Heidi Moseson, and Dr. Caitlin Gerdts. SAFE pilot paper: SAFE protocol paper: To learn more about GIWYN: To learn more about Samsara: Watch the 'Misoprostol' song video: 
September 27, 2021
Rights-based SRHR research: concepts, principles and methodologies
In this first episode of a series on rights-based research and knowledge creation, SRHM Chief Executive, Eszter Kismodi, speaks with three leading experts in the field and together they discuss the important concept of rights-based research and explore why it matters for sexual and reproductive health and rights.  The speakers in this episode are Sundari Ravindran, Laura Ferguson and Sabina Faiz Rashid.
May 12, 2021
Menstrual hygiene in Chennai, India during COVID-19 and beyond
In this episode, Dr. Ankitha Manohar, a practicing OBGYN from India, interviews her friend and colleague, Dr. Nuzrath Jahan, a Master of Public Health Research Scholar from India. In their conversation, Drs Ankitha and Nuzrath discuss the ongoing effects of the pandemic on menstrual health as well as the link between access to safe water and menstrual hygiene. Read Dr Nuzrath Jahan's commentary here: Bleeding during a pandemic, the politics of menstruation
April 29, 2021
Reflections on research published in 2020 and what's ahead
In this short episode, Nina Sun, SRHM Associate Editor, and Julia Hussein, SRHM Editor-in-Chief, look back at the research published in the SRHM Journal in 2020 and share their thoughts on emerging trends in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
March 08, 2021