U.S. Government Officially Recognizes Sexual Rights
In a landmark action this week, the United States government publicly acknowledged that it will begin using the term "sexual rights" in discussions of human rights and global development.
For years, Pathfinder International, along with other groups that advocate for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally, have been calling on the U.S. to recognize sexual rights as part of U.S. foreign policy and to use the phrase “sexual and reproductive health and rights” as adopted by other nations following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China and the 1994 International Conference on Population Development. The announcement comes days before world leaders gather at the United Nations to launch an ambitious set of development goals, including one on gender equality.
In response to the U.S. statement, Purnima Mane, President and CEO of Pathfinder International, issued the following statement today:
“We are delighted at this important step in acknowledging the importance of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls around the world. We applaud this commitment shown by the U. S. to the rights and dignity of all individuals regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, which comes at a critical moment for advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the new post-2015 development agenda. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are integral to ensuring that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose.”
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On August 16, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Pathfinder as one of the 2016 Quality Innovation Challenge awardees. The Quality Innovation Challenge is a global call for creative ideas to improve quality in sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents and youth.
On August 19, 2016 Pathfinder International was pleased to inaugurate the first cervical cancer prevention program in Burundi. Burundi has the 8th highest rate of cervical cancer in the world.