Results and impact

Published 8/26/2016 | Updated 8/26/2016

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Highlights of RFSU and partners’ work:

In September 2015, UN member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). SDGs aim to create an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable world.

For many years, RFSU worked extensively with partner organisations all over the world to make sure that the SDGs would include SRHR. RFSU was part of the delegation at Rio +20 where the negotiations started, and participated in Swedish and international networks to influence the SDG agenda.

The right for women to decide over their own body is a fundamental human right that is now included in the SDG on gender equality.

This LGBT organisation in Bangladesh is one of RFSU’s partners. In 2014, a Hijra Pride was held in Dhaka and ten other cities in Bangladesh, to celebrate the anniversary of the official acknowledgement of a third gender. Although a third gender has been introduced in Bangladesh, same sex relations are still illegal in Bangladesh, however. Bandhu has organised meetings with politicians, the police and the media to highlight the discrimination against transgender people in Bangladeshi society.

Tanadgoma is an NGO in Georgia working to improve sexuality education in schools, reduce discrimination against LGBT people, and support people living with HIV and AIDS.

In 2014 Tanadgoma’s efforts to integrate sexuality education within the national school curriculum bore fruit, and Tanadgoma is now working to develop the new curriculum.

Savana Signatures in Ghana works with a computer-based sexuality education programme in schools. Much of the programme is directed towards teachers, to help them address sensitive issues (such as abortion, masturbation and homosexuality) with their students. The initiative has increased teachers’ confidence and students' knowledge of their sexual and reproductive rights.

RFSU supports a Latin American initiative, consisting of organisations in six Latin American countries, which advocates for the decriminalization of abortion and implementation of current legislation.

In Mexico, our partner organisations identified that two different laws regulated the procedure to have an abortion in cases of sexual violence differently. One stated a judicial authorization for legal abortion in cases of sexual violence was required, the other law did not require this. The country partners have been advocating with national authorities to harmonize these two norms. As a result, the Ministry of Health called for a meeting to approve changes in one of the laws, so that in cases of rape the woman's testimony is the only requirement needed to perform a legal abortion.

Since 2011, RFSU has organised an annual event in Sweden to raise awareness on global maternal mortality rates, and to mobilize the Swedish public to put pressure on the government to increase its commitment to SRHR in development policy. The event is organised as a Stroller March through Stockholm and other Swedish cities, in which parents and their babies take part. In 2015, a record number of people attended the march, in 45 cities across Sweden.


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