Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Realizing our vision—a world where every person has access to sexual and reproductive health care—requires more than a strong network of service providers; it requires sufficient funding, favorable legislation and policies, and popular support. We have a long history of working with global leaders at the United Nations and other international agencies to ensure that high-quality sexual and reproductive health information and services reach those with the greatest need.
At the same time, we support the advocacy strategies of our 41 Member Associations to affect policy changes at the regional and national levels. These efforts are more important than ever in a region that has recently seen a sharp decrease in vital support from international donors. So, building our network's capacity to advocate effectively—and supporting its efforts with strong resources and sound advice—is crucial.
In August 2013, our advocacy team and Member Associations helped secure a major win when thirty-eight governments from Latin America and the Caribbean adopted the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development. The Consensus, which will inform global development policies for years to come, is the first United Nations agreement to include a definition of sexual rights, “which embrace the right to a safe and full sex life, as well as the right to take free, informed, voluntary and responsible decisions on their sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, without coercion, discrimination or violence.”