IPPF briefing on the interlinkages between SRHR and women’s economic empowerment

February 28, 2017



IPPF have prepared a briefing demonstrating the interlinkages between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and women’s economic empowerment (WEE)

February 2017

This briefing is intended for civil society advocates working on influencing the outcome of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 61 and working within the field of women’s rights and gender justice. It sets out why SRHR must be considered a central part of programming and advocacy on WEE.
Policy focus and attention given to gender equality and women’s empowerment has been growing over the last decade, and there are some areas where links are established more conclusively. Although there is strong documentation on the health benefits of investment in sexual and reproductive health, until recently the non‑medical benefits, such as higher levels of social and economic participation, have been largely ignored, partly because they are difficult to measure. While the social and economic implications of sexual and reproductive health and rights are often overlooked, they are no less real. Urgent policy attention is needed to recognize the links between SRHR and WEE.
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