Sexual and reproductive health and rights

Gender inequality and discrimination against girls mean they are often robbed of the right to make their own life decisions – from what happens to their bodies, to when and to whom they marry.

Teenage pregnancy can rob girls of their potential by ceasing their education and giving them adult responsibilities. An estimated 18 million adolescent girls give birth every year.

Ensuring girls’ and young women realise their right to sexual and reproductive health and have control over their lives and bodies are critical to achieving gender equality.

We work with partners around the world to enable access to quality sexual health services, and eliminate harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage. 


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