We work to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in order to empower women and girls and to contribute to gender equality. We implement activities that meet the specific needs, rights, and interests of these groups. Our activities also meet the needs of men and boys, and support their role in advancing SRHR and achieving gender equality. We understand thatSRHR is not only a health issue but also a human rights issue and a gender equality issue. It is important to understand SRHR within the broader context of people’s lives. This includes their economic and education status and their risk of sexual and other gender-based violence, as well as the existence of harmful social and cultural practices and legal structures. Due to the multi-sectoral nature of SRHR, we emphasize on a gender-responsive, rights-based approach with linkages to the wider suite of human rights.
- We facilitate access to family planning services which enables women to choose the timing and spacing of their pregnancies
- We educate about fewer pregnancies that lead to greater workforce participation for women. With each additional child born to a woman between the ages of 25 and 39, it is estimated that labor participation decreases 10%-15%
- We impart menstrual health education that means women and girls are not required to miss work or school
- Adolescent pregnancy can have negative social and economic effects on girls, their families, and their communities. Often, girls who become pregnant have to drop out of school, and girls with little or no education have fewer skills and opportunities to find a job
- Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) can contribute to a reduction in rates of adolescent pregnancy and rates of HIV. Both pregnancy and disease during adolescence can inhibit workforce participation later in life.