Respecting Girls' and Women's Sexual Health and Rights! 

Sexual health and rights. It’s a concept that is often tossed around, but what does it mean? It means having the ability to decide on ones sexual health and to be able to live a life free from fear, harm, or discrimination. It means being able to express your sexuality and sexual identity with dignity. It means honoring privacy and sexual health. It means enjoying a safe, satisfying sex life and sexual expression free of prejudice. Simply put, it is enjoyment of personal autonomy and bodily integrity.

Building on previous month’s successful themes about investing in education, women’s economic empowerment, this month Women Deliver and partners focus on the need to respect and protect women’s sexual health and rights. Hear from Latanya Mapp Frepp, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, about strategies for including young people and men in sexual health initiatives. Learn why Canada is expanding investments in sexual health and rights – a priority laid out by Canadian Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Get more information about She Decides – a Global Fundraising Initiative dedicated to supporting organizations and programs committed ensuring to millions of girls and women are in charge of their own bodies.

A world without fear, stigma or discrimination drives equality and progress for all.




Minister Bibeau on Why Canada Won’t Shy Away from Sexual Health and Rights
Women Deliver
In this piece, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau explains why Canada is taking serious action when it comes to sexual health and rights, comprehensive sex education, safe abortion, and maternal and newborn health.
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Thank God for PrEP: HIV Prevention Medicine Saving Lives
FHI 360
Scotchy is a 24-year-old oral Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) user and mother to a 9-year old daughter. She is a sex worker who also works with the Centre for Sexual Health & HIV/AIDS Research  in Zimbabwe. FHI360 interviewed her to find out why PrEP is so important to her and her livelihood.
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Tough Talks: The Elephant in the Room: What About Abortion?
Video | Women Deliver LIVE
In this video from the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Richard Horton leads a panel discussion about family planning, contraception access, and why safe and legal abortion can't be left out the conversation.
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Women Deliver Young Leader Gives Sex Ed Lesson LIVE on Al Jazeera English
Video | Women Deliver
In the first episode of Generation Y Not, Women Deliver's new live streamed four-part series hosted by Al Jazeera's Femi Oke. Femi talked to Women Deliver Young Leader Génesis Luigi on sex, sexuality, and sexual health, and how young people are taking the lead.
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Ignite Talk by Annie Philpott, Founder of the Pleasure Project
Video | The Pleasure Project
The Pleasure Project is an educational resource promoting safer sex to women and men. This video featuring their founder talks about why we need to put the the sexy back into safer sex. 
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She Decides, You Can Help
In an effort to fill the funding gap created by the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule by President Trump, a new international partnership is spreading like wildfire. First initiated by the Dutch minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, She Decides aims to ensure that millions of women and girls are in charge of their own bodies. Contributions for the She Decides fund will be made available to organizations most affected by the Global Gag Rule. 
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Mobilizing Movements for Girls’ and Women’s Sexual Health and Rights
Submitted by Advocates for Youth
Global Financing Facility Invests in Sexual and Reproductive Health by Prioritizing Family Planning
Submitted by the Global Financing Facility
3 Things We’ve Learned in Creating Youth SRHR Digital Content
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Raise Your Voice: End the Global Gag Rule!
Submitted by EngenderHealth
For more stories and resources on Girls' and Women's Sexual Health and Rights, please visit our February Thematic Focus Webpage.

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