Global Issues

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.

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 global development agenda — the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) refers not only to the absence of illness but to empowerment and wellbeing. This factsheet explains SRHR: what it means, the benefits of investing in SRHR, Ireland’s commitment and further steps the Irish Government can take to ensure the full realisation of SRHR across the world.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Conflicts and Emergencies

More people around the world are fleeing their homes in search of safety and refuge than at any other point in history. This factsheet highlights how humanitarian crises disproportionately affect women and girls, creating new risks and vulnerabilities. It explains the importance of building effective and sustainable responses and what steps the Irish Government can take as part of this work.

Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This factsheet focuses on young people: it explains why investment in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is so crucial to their well-being – to ensure that young people can make positive contributions to the well-being of their families and communities and to sustainable development globally.

Girls and Education

This factsheet focuses on girls and education: it outlines the benefits of education to girls’ and women’s reproductive health and well-being, to the eradication of harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage and to the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development.

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Health and Family Planning

This factsheet focuses on health and family planning: it explains the importance of investment in family planning to address the unmet need for modern methods of contraception. Having the means to plan the number and spacing of children is a matter of health and of human rights and is critical to women’s ability to participate in their communities.

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Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

This factsheet focuses on women’s empowerment and gender equality: it highlights how sexual and reproductive health and rights are indispensable to the empowerment of women, the achievement of gender equality and the realisation of all other human rights.

The IFPA’s mission is to enable people to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health.

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