Thousands sign up to support sexual health

A 410,000–strong petition has been handed to the United Nations calling for women and girls to be put at the heart of the world’s next poverty reduction targets.

The I Decide Petition, which was started by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, aimed to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights were a central focus of the Sustainable Development Goals being decided this month (SDGs).

People from 151 countries around the world signed the petition which has been handed to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.

In a letter to Mr Ban the Director- General of IPPF, Tewodros Melesse, said: “IPPF has gathered the hopes of women, men and young people -gathered from around the world – who have called for the ability to decide on their own futures, including what happens to their bodies, who they share their life with and the size of their families.

“They expressed their support for sexual and reproductive health and rights to be at the heart of the new development framework and we are grateful for your support in ensuring this is the case,” he added.