Recognizing the vital role of family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the new development agenda, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health invited interested organizations to provide written submissions on ‘Population dynamics in the post-2015 development agenda’.
IPPF was among a select number of organizations invited to provide oral evidence on their submissions on 12 March 2015. IPPF was represented by Alison Marshall, Senior Advocacy Adviser and Doortje Braeken, Senior Adviser, Adolescents, Gender and Rights.
IPPF emphasized that not to prioritize SRHR in the next development framework would compromise the lives of women and girls, and the world’s ability to meet the new sustainable development goals.
During the hearing, IPPF stated its four key demands for the post-2015 framework:
- A goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a target on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
- A goal on healthy lives with a target on universal access to sexual and reproductive health and inclusion of sexual and reproductive health services in the Universal Health Care package of essential services
- Gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights to be mainstreamed through other goals such as those related to education, water and sanitation, and energy for all.
- All targets and indicators to be disaggregated by age and gender.
Alison Marshall said: “Sustainable development has three aspects: social, economic and environmental. SRHR is at the intersection of these three: its centrality means it is key to enabling or thwarting change.
“Achieving global sustainable development is not just an uphill struggle, it is a Herculean task. To succeed we need to harness the power of SRHR and gender equality to sweep away the barriers to sustainable development.”