Overprotected and Underserved: The influence of Law on Young People's Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health in Malaysia

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This report presents the finding of the study that explored youth’s and health service providers’ knowledge, perceptions and understanding of various areas of law; and how these affects young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Malaysia. The report has confirmed that laws, socio-cultural norms, religious beliefs play critical roles directly or indirectly in young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services in Malaysia. Understanding and acknowledging the influence of laws, religion, and culture would improve young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health in Malaysia.

In recent years there has been a growing interest amongst advocates for sexual and reproductive rights in the interplay between legal frameworks and access to protections and services. This research project contributes to efforts to build evidence and knowledge in this area, to guide future advocacy and programming work, with the ultimate aim of promoting and protecting young people’s sexual and reproductive rights.