Young couple Vietnam

What we do

In many countries women, young people and marginalised groups lack freedom and/or information to make their own choices when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We use our knowledge of and expertise in SRHR both in the Netherlands as well as abroad, in countries where a great deal is left to be desired concerning these issues. To continue our efforts is necessary for future generations in our country as well as elsewhere.

Risks

In many countries sexual and reproductive health issues are surrounded with taboos and health risks.
For example: do try to buy a condom in India when you’re not married. Or, try and ask your Indonesian teacher about sexuality education. And, please don’t hold hands in Uganda if you are a gay couple…

Focus

In our international work we mainly focus on:

  • Comprehensive sexuality education for young people.
  • Getting sexual and reproductive health and rights accepted for everyone.
  • Access to contraception (for example the female condom), safe abortion and quality reproductive health care.
  • Discussing sensitive topics such as sexual diversity and (safe) abortion.
  • Preventing gender-based violence and involving men by changing their view on masculinity.
  • Discussing population growth and the underlying factor of poverty

Themes

Aim

Improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people in Europe, Africa and Asia, that is where Rutgers wants to play a leading role. We succeed in discussing sexual and reproductive health issues, such as family planning and the right to self-determination, even in countries where these are viewed as sensitive topics.

We respect cultural nuances when implementing projects, training sessions and lesson packages.

Apart from this, we do scientific research and we passionately advocate for progessive policies for  sexual and reproductive health and rights in order to change (civil) society. This combination makes us unique.

 

In The Netherlands

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In the Netherlands