Rutgers WPF is a renowned centre of expertise on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Its activities are mainly carried out in the Netherlands, Africa, Asia and South America. Its 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.
News and press releases
Press release: BIRATURABA! - It Concerns Us - improves sexual and reproductive health of young people in Burundi18 December 2013 |
The World Starts with Me, the internationally renowned sexuality education programme of Rutgers WPF, will start in Burundi in 2014. The comprehensive programme is part of BIRATURABA! – meaning It Concerns Us - a joint programme of CARE and Rutgers WPF. BIRATURABA! aims to contribute to gender equality and to improve the sexual and reproductive health of young Burundians.
16 December 2013 |
The female condom flopped when it was launched some 20 years ago, but it never disappeared entirely and now a number of companies are entering the fray with new products. Could its time have come?
26 November 2013 |
Jakarta, November 27th, 2013 – Today, Rutgers WPF Indonesia will launch MenCare+ Indonesia, a national adaptation of a comprehensive global initiative to engage men in promoting gender equality, involved fatherhood and preventing gender based violence. Indonesia will be the final of four MenCare+ launches globally, shortly after those in Brazil, Rwanda and South Africa. The launch takes place during the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which unites activists around the world to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence.
25 November 2013 |
Today - 25 November - is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. An international day that is still very necessary. As many young women between 12 and 25 years old are vulnerable to becoming a victim of violence, specifically sexual violence. “Regard youg people as a specific group with specific needs. And, make sure their voice is heard and that they are involved when developing policies, and concrete actions. This is one of the recommendations in the report, - published today – of Y-Sav, a European research initiative of Rutgers WPF, in cooperation with 5 European partner organisations.
31 October 2013 |
Every 4 seconds a girl under 18 gives birth. Every 15 seconds that young mother is under 15 years old. Nine out of ten of these young mothers are married. And 95% of these girls live in developing countries.
23 October 2013 |
On the 22nd of October the European Parliament discussed in plenary the report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”, which was prepared by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Estrela. The report was referred back to the FEMM committee.
02 October 2013 |
Increased attention for male involvement is leading to new developments. Internationally the innovative programme MenCare+ and the partnership between Rutgers WPF and Promundo is starting to make waves.
01 October 2013 |
MenCare is inspiring men around the world - to become more involved fathers, more invested partners, and to embrace the empowerment of the women and girls in their lives.
27 September 2013 |
Unsafe abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality, accounting to 47,000 deaths every year or 13% of maternal deaths worldwide. Five million women are hospitalized each year for treatment of abortion-related complications. Nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe. And the majority of unsafe abortions happen in developing countries where poor women have the least resources and access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion.
25 September 2013 |
Today is World Contraception Day. On this day Rutgers WPF will be asking for more attention to be given to the female condom, which has enormous potential. It is the only method of contraception that can be initiated by women and that offers double protection at the same time: it protects against pregnancy as well as STIs.