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.
222 million women worldwide have an unmet need for family planning
800 women die per day due to complications during pregnancy or child birth: one every two minutes.
340 million people have one or more STIs. 35 million people are living with HIV, with 2.1 million people newly infected in 2013
Worldwide 2 million girls under 15 become mothers every year. Often within a forced marriage.
Half of the world’s population today - over 3.5 billion people - is under 30, mostly living in developing countries
Same sex relationships are still illegal in 76 countries
In the Netherlands 35% of women and 15% of men with a physical impairment have experienced sexual violence.
Our research shows that LGBT people are more at risk of experiencing sexual violence or sexual problems.
17% of Dutch girls and 5% of Dutch boys has at some point been forced to sexual acts.
In the Netherlands 6 out of 10 women of reproductive age use contraception
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
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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