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Manager Communications & Fundraising
“I learned a lot from The World Starts With Me, but most importantly I learned about puberty and body changes,” says Hayat, a 15-year-old girl from Jimma, Ethiopia. “I understand my body better and feel more relaxed and confident.”
The vision of Rutgers WPF is a world where all people are equally able to enjoy sexual and reproductive health and well-being and exercise their sexual and reproductive rights. In many places there is a shortage of quality services.
Forcing sexual behaviour on someone against their will or victimising them because of their gender or sexuality is all too common. It can happen to anyone, anywhere in the world. Forcing someone to have sex violates their rights to bodily integrity and consensual sexual relations. Rutgers WPF works to prevent this kind of abuse and to provide greater support for people who suffer it.
Rutgers WPF upholds the right of everyone to enjoy a healthy sex life, free of coercion or discrimination. This is regardless of sex, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender identity. In our work we focus particularly on young people, women, vulnerable people, and LGBT – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Too often they face prejudice and discrimination for pursuing their sexual lives.
One of the simplest ways to improve women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights is to provide access to effective contraception. Rutgers WPF is concerned by the difficulty faced by many women and young people in accessing contraceptives that can help them choose when to become pregnant, and in some cases can protect them from sexually transmitted infections including HIV. We are committed to making contraception available to everyone.
“When I learned about gender and equality I figured I could change something myself,” explains Haile, a 15 year old boy from Ethiopia. “I went home, talked about it with my family and offered to share chores with my sister. Now we even study together, and I really like that. This way she also helps me to achieve my goals.”
“Smaller families are good for women, for their children, for their communities and for the planet,” said World Population Foundation founder Roy Brown: “The world fertility surveys 20 years ago showed that in almost every country, women would rather have had two fewer children than they had actually borne.”
We are naturally curious about sex and sexuality when we are young. But our experiences as young people are often shaped by access to information, education and services. Young people can be very vulnerable, facing issues like coercion, sexual aggression, early marriage and stigma. Rutgers WPF asserts the right of young people everywhere to receive adequate education to make well-informed choices in relationships and their sexual lives. We also advocate for policies and services that are tailored to the needs of young people.
Research is central to our work. What we do is based on the latest evidence that we also make available to our partners and others around the world. We do research on the ground to shape our interventions. And we undertake studies that inform our understanding of sexual and reproductive behaviour and attitudes.
If you have always had access to good sexual health services it is easy to take them for granted. But if you have had little or no sexuality education, no access to contraception, and no support during pregnancy or child birth, then the provision of these could be life changing. Unite for Body Rights is a major programme led by Rutgers WPF working to achieve this in nine countries in Africa and Asia, with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Young people’s rights are violated if they are denied access to good sexual and reproductive health services, which affects their lives and health.
The family should be the ideal environment for children to grow into confident adults, ready to have healthy relationships and families of their own. But it doesn’t always work like this. Rutgers WPF helps boys and men in their roles as sons and brothers, husbands and fathers.
It will not be much longer before we know how the international community thinks the world should change, and how much we will support each other to do this.
Important progress has been booked in getting life skills and sexuality education to young and vulnerable people in Indonesia, Pakistan and Uganda.
A memorandum of understanding was signed to develop a sign-language curriculum called Life Skill Based Education (LSBE) for young hearing-impaired people that lack the necessary resources. It was signed by the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) and Rutgers WPF Pakistan, said a press release.
MenCare+ supports Father’s day and hopes it inspires all fathers to be more involved in care for their children and partners.
Rwanda was the proud host of the second international MenCare+ partnermeeting in May 2014.