A world without fear, stigma, or discrimination is a prerequisite for gender equality, as is girls’ and women’s ability to live according to their sexual health and rights.
Investing in girls and women creates a ripple effect that yields multiple benefits, not only for individual women, but also for families, communities, and countries. Having and implementing laws and policies that protect individuals’ sexuality, coupled with comprehensive sexuality education and stigma-free health services, greatly improves health and wellbeing. Integrating sexual rights into healthcare has a positive impact on HIV infection rates, mental health, and social equity.Download the Infographic
Research shows that investing in sexual and reproductive health is cost effective and critical to boosting economic growth and advancing the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, their families, and their communities. Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Dr. Alvaro Bermejo, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), share their expertise on the bold steps needed to respect, protect, and fulfill the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women everywhere.