Poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes represent one-third of the total global burden of disease for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years, with unsafe sex a major risk factor for death and disability among women and girls in low and middle-income countries.
Globally, HIV is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and the second leading cause of death among adolescents. Women and girls have a greater physical vulnerability to HIV infection than men or boys. This risk is compounded by social norms, gender inequality, poverty and violence. Women living with HIV are also more likely to face stigmatization, infertility, and even abuse and abandonment, contributing to their disempowerment.
Gender inequality around the world > Social > Health > HIV
The face of poverty is female
What is SRHR?
Equal opportunities for all
Gender inequality around the world
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
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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