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Many young immigrants arriving in Sweden have limited or no knowledge about sexual health. The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education in Sweden (RFSU), a member association of IPPF, has been working to help fill the gap by providing sexual health lessons to young asylum seekers with great responses.
Kerstin Isaxon is an expert on comprehensive sexual education at RFSU. She works with educating staff and unaccompanied minors at group homes, as well as at high-school introductory Swedish programmes. She says:
Access to education, the right to make choices about your own body – these are things many of us take for granted. But the reality for many women and young girls in developing countries is very different.
Denied rights to some very basic choices – such as how many children to have and when, whether to stay in school, and how to participate in their country’s economy.
For some, this is about culture, custom, economics or just denial of basic human rights. For others it is as simple, yet life changing, as not having access to modern contraceptive methods.
The Association pour la Promotion de la Famille Haitienne (PROFAMIL)
Riksförbundet För Sexuell Upplysning (RFSU) has 17 local branches, 19 member organizations, 1 clinic and 1 'open house' youth clinic. RFSU works extensively in education, campaigning, advocacy, research, training, and in the international sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) arena.
The organization has been especially active in the field of counselling for people with learning difficulties, visual impairment and disability, and it runs courses for volunteers working with these groups.
“Immediately after my child was born, I found the market family planning booth to receive free services. The services are right in my community and taking family planning has been a good experience. Things have changed in my life because I can now save money and do other things. I tell my friends they must take their family planning!” - Marie Kamara, 35, Liberia
Calls for coherent policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights
A new report analysing contraceptive access across Europe reveals serious differences between countries in how they approach access to contraceptive choice.
'The Barometer of Women’s Access to Modern Contraceptive Choice in 10 EU Countries' was developed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN).
IPPF has secured boosted funding from the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida).
Funding will rise from US$12m in 2012 to approximately: US$16.5m in 2013, US$18m in 2014 and US$20m in 2015.
Charlotte Petri- Gornitzka, Director General of the Sida said: “We are proud to support IPPF, in driving forward the sexual and reproductive health movement, and in ensuring that sexual and reproductive health is embedded in the global political agenda.”
A new level of partnership was launched by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today at Women Deliver. It will bring a significant boost in investment to family planning services in 13 countries focusing on vulnerable groups, particularly in areas affected by natural disasters and conflict,