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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.
International Planned Parenthood Federation marks International Women’s Day today by highlighting the work of its Member Association in Kenya tackling sexual gender based violence.
Survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) face stigmatisation and prejudice within the community. Already traumatised by the experience of rape, women may even be rejected on their families, who fear the financial consequences if she turns out to be infected with HIV or pregnant.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today welcomed the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announcement of $4 million for support to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The funding announcement to IPPF came as governments pledged their support at the She Decides conference in Brussels, Belgium today.
On International Women’s Day, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has welcomed a new commentary from UN experts which says that the right to sexual and reproductive health is indivisible from other human rights.
“It is absolutely right for the Committee to address the issue of sexual and reproductive health specifically, today of all days,” said Tewodros Melesse, IPPF’s Director General.
“What I never expected.. was that I would go from an unknown torturer to a public one, ” Linda, a survivor speaking at IPPF’s event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict - the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject – is taking place in London.
The event is the culmination of two years of work by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
A new report launched at the UN today reveals that sexual and reproductive health and rights are still nowhere near high enough up on the UN’s list of priorities.