By 2020, there will be 669 million young people ages 15 to 24 in Asia—yet across the region, most young people do not have basic information about their bodies and cannot access necessary sexual and reproductive health services. pregnancy, HIV transmission, or their legal rights. Since 1983, we have worked in collaboration with several partner organizations in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Turkey to support comprehensive sexuality education, develop young leaders, and advance sexual and reproductive rights and health policies, including access to safe and legal abortion.
Partner Spotlight: Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) is working to promote access to safe abortion throughout Asia, where 38,000 women die from unsafe abortions every year, according to the World Health Organization.
IWHC supports ASAP’s Abortion Advocacy Institute for Youth Champions workshop, which builds a community of young people who have an understanding of access to safe abortion as a gender, health, and human rights issue. Participants discuss strategies for advocacy, communications, and the use of social media.
Aahung is a women-led community organization in Karachi that works to improve the sexual health of men, women, and adolescents throughout Pakistan.
IWHC is working with Aahung to expand its Life-Based Skills Education (LSBE) program, which teaches adolescent school children about body changes during puberty, gender discrimination, HIV/AIDS, protection from violence, peer pressure, and the importance of family planning. Aahung is training teachers to implement the LSBE curriculum in public and private schools in Sindh province.
Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) is a network of feminist scholars, researchers, and activists working for economic and gender justice and sustainable and democratic development. DAWN provides a forum for feminist research, analysis, and advocacy on global issues (economic, social, and political) affecting the livelihoods, living standards, rights, and development prospects of women in developing countries, especially poor and marginalized women.
IWHC collaborates with DAWN activists to advance gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights at the global and regional levels.
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