Globally, an estimated 225 million women and girls wish to avoid pregnancy but do not have access to modern contraception. Each day, more than 1,000 women and girls die from complications during birth or from unsafe abortion. In developing countries, this is the number one cause of death for adolescent girls aged 15-19.
Lack of sexual and reproductive health information, education, and services disproportionately affects women and girls. It denies them the right to live lives of health, respect, dignity and equal opportunity. It denies them the right to reach their full potential. Lack of sexual and reproductive health also acts as a barrier to sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, and the achievement of equality.
The IFPA’s mission is to enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health at home and all over the world. As part of our work, we advocate for the implementation of government commitments regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights. We also collaborate with partner organisations and civil society internationally to raise awareness of the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights for achieving sustainable and equitable development.
This section highlights our work on global issues and what remains to be done to ensure that every person across the world has access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Read about our current and recent work below.
CIES: Investing in Bolivia’s Most Vulnerable Youth
Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios (CIES) is the IFPA's Bolivian partner. The organisation provides high quality sexual and reproductive health information and services to some of Bolivia's most vulnerable young people. Click here to read out about the work of CIES in empowering marginalised young people in Bolivia through the Irish Aid funded project ‘Investing in Bolivia’s Most Vulnerable Youth’.
Factsheets: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development
The All Party Oireachtas Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development, of which the IFPA is the secretariat, has developed a set of factsheets on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and the importance of these rights for the post-2015 international development framework. More.
Photo Exhibition: Placing Reproductive Health at the Heart of Development Policy
In 2014, the All Party Oireachtas Interest Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development marked the 20th anniversary of the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) with a photographic exhibition highlighting the importance of the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the post-2015 development framework. More.
UNFPA: State Of World Population Report
Each year the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) releases its flagship State of World Population Report. A recurring theme of each report is the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and education as a means of ensuring people's well-being. As UNFPA's Irish partner, the IFPA launches the report in Ireland each year. Read about previous State of World Population reports here.
I Decide: IPPF Global Campaign for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
In 2014, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched the 'I Decide' campaign. I Decide focuses on the right of women and girls to make fundamental and informed decisions about their lives and the need to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights are central to the post-2015 development framework. The IFPA, an IPPF Member Association, launched the global campaign in Ireland. More.
7 Billion People: 7 Billion Actions
By the close of 2011, the global population will have reached 7 billion. Finding ways to ensure the well-being of people alive today as well as the generations that follow will require new ways of thinking and unprecedented global cooperation. Find out more about the 7 Billion Actions campaign here.
Act Now Campaign
The IFPA supports the Dochas Act Now on 2015 Campaign, which aims to highlight the impact of cuts to Ireland's Overseas Development Aid budget on the world's poorest people.
By repeatedly cutting its overseas aid budget and reneging on its promise to reach the 0.7% target by 2015, Ireland broke its promises to the poorest, affecting millions of lives in developing countries. For more information on the campaign see www.actnow2015.ie