National Sexual Rights Law and Policy Database

SRI | The Sexual Rights Initiative
2015 - 2016
It is an online database that compiles information about national constitutions, laws and policies related to sexual rights, reproductive rights and reproductive health.

Created by the Sexual Rights Initiative with the collaboration of several individuals and organizations, the database will contribute to strengthening the respect for, and the protection and fulfillment of, sexual rights at the national, regional and international levels.

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The project

The rights of all individuals to make decisions regarding their bodies, gender, sexuality and reproductive lives, to accessible and affordable health services, and to accurate and comprehensive information and education are fundamental human rights. Every country around the world regulates and restricts aspects of sexuality, gender and reproduction through law and policy. Harmonizing laws with human rights standards can help to realize sexual rights across and within populations.

The platform visualizes the legal state of each key subject in an interactive map, which adds up to the goal of aiding accountability. It also allows decision makers, negotiators in the UN and researchers to identify opportunities and to implement strategies that allow, eventually, to promote better laws and policies in their countries.

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The solution

The contents of the database can be reached through a list of countries, or by using an interactive map — built with LeafletJS — that highlights countries in different colors depending on their evaluation on the chosen subject.

The website presents a map key to explain the meaning of color codes, and which countries have been classified in each one. By clicking a country in the map, the user can find more information and access the full report, with details and sources used to respond to each of the research questions.

Additionally, in the comparison tool, a table is provided, that allows the visitor to select the countries she wants to compare, and see report for those countries in a grid for easy, friendly visual comparison.

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Research & Content Management

A key service in this project was content management and coordination, in which we collaborated closely with the research team. Once they completed the research on each country, the data entry team, coordinated by Matrushka, entered the information in the database.

At the same time, the design and development teams worked on the development of the public site that, at the end, received all the contents from the database.

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Services provided