Bringing you monthly insights on investing in girls' and women's health, rights, and wellbeing.
Who better to shine a light on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) than Dr. Natalia Kanem & Dr. Alvaro Bermejo -- the new leaders on the SRHR block!       
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Respect, Protect, & Fulfill Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is about much more than anatomy. It’s about identity, pleasure, bodily integrity, and a person’s ability to choose if, when, and how many children to have.

To uphold these rights, girls and women need access to accurate information and services including contraception, counselling, testing/treatment, and safe abortion care. They must also be empowered to assert their bodily autonomy and negotiate for their right to privacy and decision making power. Without the opportunity to realize these rights, girls and women are at greater risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, experiencing gender-based violence, and facing unplanned pregnancies.  

But when a woman has the right to control her own body, sexuality, and fertility, it transforms gender relations and increases her ability to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. This in turn creates a ripple effect benefitting not only the individual but also her entire family and community.

We must work toward a world in which all girls and women are able to enjoy a life of choice, agency, and equality without fear of stigma, discrimination, or violence. This means investing in programs and policies that increase access to stigma-free health services, protect individual rights and sexuality and promote comprehensive sexuality education.

As we kick off the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Deliver for Good Partners spotlight stories and solutions that show the transformative impact of investing in SRHR.

UN Commission on Population & Development (CPD): April 9-13, 2018
UN Forum on Indigenous People: April 16-27, 2018
World Bank & IMF Spring Meetings: April 16-22, 2018

World Malaria Day: April 25, 2018
Follow these Twitter handles and hashtags throughout April to join the latest conversations on sexual health & rights during CPD and beyond.

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Investing in solutions to better respect, protect, and fulfill girls' & women's sexual health and rights creates a ripple effect benefiting families and communities. See these solutions in actions with stories from Deliver for Good Partners spotlighting different approaches to achieve improved SRHR for girls & women everywhere.  
A Clinic on Stilts
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Accessing SRHR services in Belize can be difficult  -- particularly in remote communities with few physicians or clinics. In this photo essay, meet one doctor providing essential woman-centered care at the "clinic on stilts."
Read full article & photo essay here ➜
The Link Between Religion & Family Planning
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Religious leaders often command respect and power within communities. But can they also be strong allies in advocacy for reproductive health? This story focuses on an effective program in Senegal demonstrating the impact of collaboration between SRHR  & religion.

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Young people play a crucial role in advocacy for SRHR; engagement is not only their right, but is pivotal to progress for all and to realizing the SDGs. Hear from Women Deliver Young Leaders sharing their passion and commitment for sexual and reproductive heath and rights during CSW62 & beyond.
Read the photo essay here ➜
Putting Women at the Center
Every year, 25 million unsafe abortions put girls & women at risk of injury or death. Ipas examines the importance of training providers to perform safe abortions with a woman-centered approach to care.

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Protecting Sexual Rights During the Global Gag
Marie Stopes International (MSI)
One year after the Global Gag Rule was reinstated, girls & women around the world experience the consequences of the policy. MSI breaks down the challenges & the solutions to ensure women's reproductive health & rights remain safeguarded.

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The Ripple Effect of Sexual Health & Rights
Population, health, the environment. It's all connected. Hear from farmers & fishers in Uganda who have benefitted socially and economically from access to SRHR services - including contraception.

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A Love Letter to Your Body
Women Deliver Young Leader
Ankit Gupta is a Women Deliver Young Leader & a sexuality educator in India teaching young people about sex, identity, and pleasure.
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Sex is natural, healthy, and fun. American actress, Jessica Biel, shares this video and other sex positive resources from her new effort - The Tryst Network,

No ‘’One Size Fits All” Approach to SRHR
Delivering comprehensive SRHR services is critical but we must adapt approaches for service delivery to meet the needs of all populations including sex workers, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) individuals.
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SRHR - It's Not Just a Women's Issue
Engender Health
SRHR is about more than health services - it's about power & gender norms impacting the control one has over their own body.  Men and boys must therefore be engaged to advance SRHR & gender equality. Engender Health breaks it down.

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Engaging Young People from the Beginning
CHOICE for Youth & Sexuality
Young people are best able to voice their needs, realities, & opinions. And research shows that meaningfully engaging youth can greatly enhance the reach, attractiveness, relevance, & effectiveness of advocacy on SRHR-related issues. 

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The Sex Talk - Involving Parents in Adolescent SRHR
Advocates for Youth
Parent around the world experience discomfort when talking about sexual health & rights with their children. Explore resources to help parents promote comprehensive sexuality education and a safer life for their children - whether they are sexually active or not.

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