Partner: Association pour la Promotion de l’Autonomie et des Droits de la Jeune Fille/Femme (APAD)

  • November 12, 2013

Early and forced marriage is illegal in Cameroon, but economic and social factors allow the tradition to continue. Approximately 36 percent of girls under 18 are married — often against their will. In the extreme north region of the country, the figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

APAD has trained more than 150 survivors of early and forced marriage to speak out against this practice. In addition, 17 influential traditional leaders have been trained to convince parents of young girls to refrain from marrying them off and insist they remain in school.

Partner: Education as a Vaccine (EVA)

  • November 12, 2013

Established in 2000, Education as a Vaccine (EVA) is working to improve the health and quality of life of adolescents and young people in Nigeria. EVA’s programming priorities are sexual and reproductive health, basic education and child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention education. IWHC supports EVA’s work to ensure that young people’s health needs, including sexual…

Partner: Femmes-Santé-Développement (FESADE)

  • November 12, 2013

In Cameroon, young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education is low, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and STIs, including HIV. Responding to these concerns, FESADE, founded in 1993, developed an interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. FESADE has addressed this hole in young people’s education by developing a peer education program…

Partner: ECOS Comunicação em Sexualidade

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in 1989, ECOS Comunicação em Sexualidade (ECOS Communication in Sexuality) is one of the only nongovernmental organizations in Brazil working to promote comprehensive sexuality education. ECOS engages in advocacy, conducts research studies, produces educational materials, and trains education professionals. In 2009, ECOS helped create REGES – Rede de Gênero e Educação em Sexualidade (Gender…

Partner: Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU)

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in 1995, Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU, or “Women and Health in Uruguay”) began as part of a national network of nongovernmental organizations committed to advocating for women’s rights. The network was known for its national and international advocacy work related to sexual and reproductive rights and health, particularly monitoring the implementation of…

Partner: Centro de Promocion y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos (PROMSEX)

  • November 12, 2013

Founded in 2005, PROMSEX is a leading player in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health in Peru and Latin America. The organization aims to ensure access to safe and legal abortion, promote sexual and reproductive health and rights, ensure access to modern family planning methods, and prevent violence based on gender or sexual orientation.

Partner: CommonHealth – Coalition for Maternal Neonatal Health and Safe Abortion

  • November 12, 2013

CommonHealth is a coalition of 110 institutions and individuals—including health care providers, researchers, nongovernmental advocates, human rights lawyers, grassroots activists, and public sector program managers—that advocates for better access and higher quality maternal and neonatal health and safe abortion services.

Partner: Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-Brazil

  • November 12, 2013

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD, or “Catholics for the Right to Decide”) is a network of 12 Catholic social justice groups throughout Latin America committed to the defense of women's rights, with a focus on sexual and reproductive rights, gender equality, and combating violence against women and discrimination.

Partner: Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir-Argentina

  • November 12, 2013

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD-Argentina, or “Catholics for the Right to Decide”) is an independent movement of Catholic people committed to social justice and women’s rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, and the right to live free from violence and discrimination. CDD-Argentina works towards achieving gender equality, and challenges religious fundamentalism from a…

Partner: Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)

  • November 12, 2013

Access to safe and legal abortion is a pressing health and rights issue in Asia. Approximately 40 percent of abortions performed in 2008 in Asia were unsafe; in South Central Asia, Southeastern Asia and Western Asia, the percentage of those that were unsafe reached 60 to 65 percent. An estimated 17,000 women died from unsafe…

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