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.

HERA Action Sheets

  • October 7, 2016

HERA Action Sheets

>>Available in PDF / Available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

Rio Statement of Reproductive Health and Justice

  • October 7, 2016

The Rio Conference—“Reproductive Health and Justice: International Women’s Health Conference for Cairo ’94”—took place from January 24 to 28, 1994, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In five days, the 215 women from 79 countries who gathered in Rio generated this 21-point statement and strategies and activities to ensure that women’s perspectives and experiences are considered…

Expanding Access to Safe Abortion: Strategies for Action

  • October 6, 2016

>>Available in PDF / Available in French and SpanishSummary: By Adrienne Germain and Theresa Kim (New York: IWHC, 1999). Demonstrates how to use international conference agreements and human rights instruments to argue for access to safe abortion services, and describes strategies that are being used across a wide range of countries to implement such services (44 pages).

The Cairo Consensus: The Right Agenda for the Right Time

  • October 6, 2016

By Adrienne Germain and Rachel KytE The Cairo Consensus: The Right Agenda for the Right Time is the International Women’s Health Coalition’s analysis of the remarkable consensus forged at the United Nations’ International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, in September 1994, at which 184 governments reached consensus on new approaches to population and development, with women’s health, empowerment, and rights at…

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.