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IPPF’s Recommendations:
6 steps for moving towards equality and sustainable development

1. Laws that support

sexual and reproductive
health and rights

4. Engage men and boys

2. Funding to support

sexual and reproductive
health and rights

3. Measure the

outcomes that really

5. Laws to eliminate

sexual and gender
based violence

6. Strengthening

political capacity at
the grassroots level

    The face of poverty is female

    What is SRHR?
    Equal opportunities for all

Gender inequality around the world 
    1. Health
    Maternal health
    2. Education
    Early and forced marriage
    Discrimination against girls
    Comprehensive sexuality education
    3. Sexual and Gender Based Violence
    1. Unpaid care burdens
    2. Formal and informal markets
    3. Empowerment
    1. Discrimination
    2. Changing social norms
    3. Peace building
IPPF’s recommendations: 6 steps for moving towards equality and sustainable development
    1. Laws that support sexual and reproductive health and rights
    2. Funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights
    3. Measure the outcomes that really matter
    4. Engage men and boys as partners in gender transformative change
    5. Laws to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence
    6. Strengthening political capacity of women at the grassroots level

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Tea parties breaking down taboos in Pakistan

Umm e Kalsoom is a 23-year-old woman in the Muzaffarabad region of Pakistan. She started to run tea parties for girls in her local area so that young women could share their sexual and reproductive health concerns in a safe environment without discrimination. Talking about these issues is a cultural taboo for these girls. She also wanted to inspire young girls within the communities to mobilize other girls and women. She says: "If I ever have my own daughter I would like her to be a confident and empowered girl, who knows and exercises her rights to make informed decision in her life." At first the community was very reluctant to participate. But now they discuss issues such as HIV, early marriage and sexual abuse, as well as abortion and contraceptives. For most women the tea parties taught them that these are their human rights.

IPPF urges governments, United Nations agencies, multi-lateral institutions and civil society to:

Escaping sexual and gender based violence in Syria

This is the story of Layla. At 15, she was forced into marriage then was beaten and raped by her husband’s brother. She fled from her home and was forced into sex work. Luckily, Layla received counselling and sexual health services from IPPF's Member Association, the Syrian Family Planning Association. She regained her health and confidence and now helps other young women who are survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

Men as champions for gender justice

Evidence shows that where men and boys are engaged in tackling gender inequality and promoting women’s choices, the resulting outcomes are positive and men and women are able to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships.

This is Ustaz Muhammad Nursalim's story. He is an imam born and raised in Madura, an island in East Java:

"My wife is busy as head teacher of the village kindergarten, so I handle all the domestic duties.We hear of cases of husbands abusing their wives. They don’t know how to manage their anger. So our home has become the emergency consultation room for couples. I give advice based on what I apply daily in my own marriage. Besides teaching, I often give talks at boys’ circumcision or coming of age celebrations. I tailor my words to the people I meet. Yesterday, for instance, I talked about how to respect our daughters and girls in general.”

Measuring gender equality and empowerment

We now have a unique opportunity to end gender inequality. But to achieve this we must have accurate data which reflects the true status of women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Collecting the missing information on the the issues which really matter will make a difference on what programmes are funded and how can achieve proper empowerment of women

Access to safe and legal abortion in France

We need laws that defend our sexual and reproductive health and rights and that protect us from harm.

This is the story of Juliet in France. Although French law permits abortion on wide grounds, she found it extremely difficult to find the correct legal and medical information when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

Delivering family planning in Kenya

This is the story of Beatrice Akoth in Kenya who has had no access to family planning and has struggled to cope with 9 children. Her daughter is determined to have a different life and has been happy with the family planning services she received from IPPF's member, Family Health Options Kenya.

Kenya's government made a commitment in 2012 to make sure everyone had access to affordable reproductive health services. Their investment in family planning increased to US $8 million.