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 or information about pregnancy, HIV transmission, or their legal rights. Since 1983, we have worked in collaboration with several partner organizations in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Egypt, 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.

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IWHC Stands with Transgender Community Against Trump Administration Attacks

  • October 24, 2018

Human rights are under renewed threat as the Trump-Pence administration considers instituting a narrow and binary definition of gender that discriminates against and attempts to erase transgender people. IWHC stands in solidarity with the transgender community and joins in the fight against efforts to deny people’s humanity.

Global Partnership Unveils New Tool to Track Progress for Girls and Women Ahead of Women Foreign Ministers Meeting in Canada

  • September 19, 2018

Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) is a global civil society and private sector led partnership with the mission of fueling progress towards gender equality by making sure girls’ and women’s movements, advocates and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the Global Goals by 2030 and leave no one behind. The EM2030 SDG Gender Index provides a comprehensive measure of overall progress towards gender equality that is aligned to the SDGs.

Did the Teachers Learn? Measuring the Effectiveness of Online Learning in CSE

TARSHI, one of our grantee partners in India, recently launched an online course on comprehensive sexuality education for teachers.

Medical Students Taking on Misconceptions and Stereotypes

Three med students in India talk about an ASAP Asia workshop they participated in on gender, sexuality, and abortion.

The Pleasure Principle

In the words of Janet Jackson, circa 1986, “It’s the pleasure principle!” Yet, those of us working to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent girls often forget this and are reluctant to talk about pleasure.

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