Over the last 20 years, the world has made a lot of progress toward advancing universal sexual and reproductive health and rights and securing women’s rights and gender equality. From the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, where rights were put at the center of global family planning and reproductive health efforts, to the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing, which solidified the idea that “human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights,” and beyond, Planned Parenthood is proud to celebrate the incredible progress in sexual and reproductive health and rights rights over the past two decades and to double down on our commitment to fight for a better future.
But no matter how far we’ve come in advancing women’s rights as human rights, we still have a long way to go. Unacceptable challenges remain, including a gender gap in equitable pay, unequal representation of women in political office, soaring rates of violence against women worldwide, and efforts to roll back access to sexual and reproductive health services at every turn.
Making the world we want a reality
Now is a critical time to raise our voices in support of women and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. This year, the international community will set new goals that will drive global health and development funding for the next decade or more. And ensuring that the global community prioritizes access to health care, gender equality and empowering women and girls, and the critical role of sexual and reproductive health and rights in this new agenda is vital to achieving the world we want.
As part of this process, the UN put out a call to people around the world (that's you!) asking us to define the “World We Want”. With your help, Planned Parenthood responded to that call loud and clear:
In the world we want, all people have full control of their own bodies and can determine their own destinies. Planned Parenthood is determined to fight for this vision, now and always.
This is the world we want:
- A world where access to health care doesn't depend on your postal code. Or your gender. Or your sexual identity. Or the language you speak. Or the color of your skin.
- A world where politicians don't come between a woman and her health care provider.
- A world where girls are just as likely as boys to stay in school, go after the jobs they want and become leaders in their communities.
- A world with no new HIV infections and where those living with HIV are able to make decisions about their health and lives, just like anybody else.
- A world where young people are empowered and trusted with information about sex -- so they can prevent unintended pregnancy and protect themselves from STDs.
- A world where all people have equal protection and equal benefit under the law.
- A world that is free of stigma, discrimination, and violence.
- A world where reproductive rights are recognized as human rights.
- A world that acknowledges that the only way forward is to protect and expand these rights.
- A world where all people control their own bodies and their own destinies.
This is the world we want. And this is the world we'll fight for!