The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD or Cairo), convened under the auspices of the United Nations, took place in Cairo, Egypt, from September 5-13, 1994. During the conference, a 20-year Programme of Action was developed. Adopted by 179 governments, the Programme of Action marked a new understanding among world bodies that population and development are inextricably linked, and that women’s empowerment is the key to both. And, for the first time, the reproductive and sexual health and rights of women became a central element in an international agreement on population and development.

By Removing Reproductive Rights, State Department Sets a Dangerous Precedent in US Human Rights Reports

The US State Department's recently released Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 were edited to reflect the Trump administration’s disregard for reproductive rights by eliminating comprehensive reporting on these issues. This sends the unmistakable signal that violations of reproductive rights do not matter.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education: What We Know

  • December 30, 2016

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) empowers young people, protects human rights, and addresses gender norms and gender equality. This kind of empowerment approach—which enables girls and other marginalized young people to see themselves as equals and to protect their own health—is gaining traction in some countries. CSE that incorporates gender, power, and rights is more likely…

Young Activists on the Rise in China

  • May 1, 2015

Yu Yang is an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) Youth Champion in China. A member of the Chinese Youth Network, Yu Yang has worked as a peer educator and is very dedicated to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people in China and across Asia. Yu Yang, who…

Providing Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Services: What We Know

  • March 2, 2015

Adolescents face particular health risks, especially with regards to sexuality and reproduction. Each year, 7.4 million girls have unintended pregnancies, and 3 million experience unsafe abortions. And they make up a significant portion of new infections; over 800,000 young people are infected with HIV every year. It’s clear that young people need a range of…

Creating an Enabling Environment for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health: What We Know

  • March 2, 2015

Decades of efforts to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health have shown that it is not enough to strengthen health services. A range of social, cultural, political, and economic factors have to be addressed in order to create an environment that is conducive to better health outcomes for adolescents. This requires working with a range…

Ensuring Youth Participation in Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies and Programs: What We Know

  • March 2, 2015

Not only is there a great need for programs that protect and promote adolescent sexual and reproductive health, but young people themselves should be actively participating in these efforts. They know best what their particular needs are and should be consulted and involved in developing such initiatives. Simply having a “youth” program within an organization…

The Key to Youth-Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Reaching youth with sexual and reproductive health services is more than just handing out condoms.

To Build Better Youth Policies, Listen to Young People

Youth participation in advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights policymaking has flourished over the past 20 years.

Stopping Violence Against Women Before It Starts

Nearly 30 percent of young women experience sexual or intimate partner violence before they are 24. Three kinds of programs hold promise for stopping violence before it starts.

Preventing Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Among Adolescents: What We Know

  • January 15, 2015

The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 30 percent of girls ages 15-19 and almost 32 percent of young women ages 20-24 have experienced violence at the hands of an intimate partner. in some countries, nearly half of all women and girls in this age group have experienced sexual or intimate partner violence. Exposure to…