Globally, an estimated 225 million women and girls wish to avoid pregnancy but do not have access to modern contraception. Every 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. As part of this work, we advocate for the implementation of government commitments on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We also collaborate with partner organisations and civil society internationally to raise awareness of the importance of SRHR for achieving sustainable and equitable development.
This section highlights our current and previous 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.
Joining the Dots--How Investment in Family Planning Safeguards Women's Human Rights
How can developed countries support global health and wellbeing and contribute to ending poverty? Here’s one way. By supporting access to family planning for women and girls. See our new video highlighting the need to increase funding for family planning in order to meet the unmet need for modern forms of contraception worldwide. More.
Infographic: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Development
This infographic developed by the IFPA highlights how the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights can transform a girl's life - it allows her to live a happy and fulfilling life, to reach her full potential as an adult and to contribute to her country's future. The infographic also outlines what governments need to do to make this happen. More.
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 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
CIES: Investing in Bolivia’s Most Vulnerable Youth
Centro de Investigación, Educación y Servicios (Centre of Investigation, Education and Services - CIES) is the IFPA's Bolivian partner. The organisation provides sexual and reproductive health information and services to Bolivia's most vulnerable and marginalised young people, as well as empowering young people to become advocates. Much of this work is with the support of Irish Aid. More.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice that violates women's and girls' human rights. It is estimated that more than 3,780 women and girls in Ireland have undergone FGM. As a service provider and women's health advocate, the IFPA is committed to improving sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls affected by FGM and to supporting efforts to fully eradicate the practice. Read more about our FGM Treatment Service, which provides free specialised care and support to women and girls who have experienced FGM, and our advocacy work here.
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 to ensure women's and girls' well-being as well as equitable and sustainable development. As UNFPA's Irish partner, the IFPA launches the report in Ireland each year. Read about previous State of World Population reports here.
Know It, Own It: Your Sexual Rights Matter
In May 2016, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), of which the IFPA is a member association, launched Know It, Own It. This global campaign calls for better comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) to fulfill young people's sexual rights. The campaign coincides with a report showing the CSE is being delivered "too little, too late and too biological" and is not meeting the needs of the world's 1.8 billion young people. 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.
I Decide: IPPF Global Campaign for Sexual and Reproductive Rights
In 2014, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) launched the 'I Decide' campaign, which focuses on the right of women and girls to make fundamental and informed decisions about their lives and calls for sexual and reproductive health and rights to be central to the post-2015 development framework. The IFPA launched the global campaign in Ireland. More.