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Securing Sexual and Reproductive Health of drought-affected communities in the Sindh Arid Zone, Pakistan
The SPRINT Initiative was designed to address the gaps in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP). This outlines the minimum standard of reproductive health care in crises settings. It is internationally recognized and can mean the difference between life and death. We work around the world to save lives in crisis situations:
Pakistan: Increasing access to SRH services in fragile contexts for rural women in hard-to-reach areas
In some areas of Pakistan, girls and women are vulnerable to harmful traditional practices, like swara (now illegal, a form of reconciliation where a girl or woman is given in marriage to settle a dispute) and early marriage, and many of them face tremendous obstacles to basic services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.
Every year the IPPF awards grants to its young volunteers from around the world to support youth-led projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights.
For 2015, the projects were focused on tackling abortion stigma.
… health and education sectors to strengthen comprehensive sexuality education; and to advocate for resources to …
“I was given in Swara when I was 14 years old. The man I was given to has married another woman. He has sold my daughters and would beat me regularly for resisting prostitution.” (Project beneficiary)
Swara, is traditionally practiced in north-west Pakistan where women and girls are given in marriage to settle disputes. Although outlawed in 2005, informal tribal elders still consider it a legitimate form of justice (known as Jirga).