About Rutgers WPF

Rutgers WPF is a renowned centre of expertise on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Our activities are mainly carried out in the Netherlands, Africa and Asia. Our aim is to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout the world. Rutgers WPF supports partner organisations and professionals in their work, increasing their expertise on sexuality.

Clear and reliable information

Sexuality and relationships are important aspects of everyone’s lives. Good sexual and reproductive health positively affects people’s well-being. Clear and reliable information on sexuality is vital in helping people to make informed decisions.

Target groups

Rutgers WPF focuses specifically on:

  • Young people
  • Women
  • Marginalised groups like people with disabilities or chronically ill people.

A rights-based  approach

In many countries sexual and reproductive rights are not well respected. Particularly in developing countries sexual and reproductive health is strongly linked with poverty, lack of knowledge and services, unequal opportunities and taboos. Rutgers WPF has chosen a rights-based approach to these issues. To increase the effectiveness of our messages and work in each local context, we always collaborate with local partners.

Rutgers WPF

  • Is not afraid to talk about sexuality, including about sensitive themes
  • Possesses the required know-how based on thorough research
  • Has a rights-based approach to sexuality
  • Is sensitive to cultural disparities
  • Involves its target groups in developing products and services
  • Aims at youth participation in design and implementation of projects and programmes
  • Is a committed expert, which contributes knowledge, resources and confidence in order to openly discuss sexuality throughout the world
  • Aims to remove the taboo surrounding sexual and reproductive health

Short history

Rutgers WPF evolved from the merger of the Rutgers Nisso Groep, Dutch expert centre on sexuality, and World Population Foundation (WPF). Rutgers WPF is a founding member of IPPF, the International Planned Parenthood Federation.