In the Philippines, deeply-rooted social norms make it difficult for women and girls to take control of their sexual health. Many young women and men do not access sexual health services because doing so requires their parents' permission. There is also a lack of comprehensive sexuality education in schools.
Teen pregnancy has become a critical issue in the country, and many women have little choice when it comes to the number and timing of their children. In fact, many women have little choice about their sexual health, period. Gender inequality, sex trafficking, violence, and child and early forced marriage limit their control over their sexual health and their happiness.
In 2012, the Philippines passed a law that guaranteed universal access to contraception, sexuality education and maternal care. Yet politics has impaired the law's implementation, and many Filipina girls and women still don't have the health care they need.
As part of the SHE project, we are strengthening local capacity to reach those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access vital information and services, so women and girls can lead healthy and productive lives free from violence.
SHE is an important project in our work to achieve women's sexual and reproductive health and rights (known as SRHR).
5 years, 2018-2023
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This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public
What are we doing?
train public health workers and work with men and women to change negative attitudes on sexual and reproductive health and rights
address barriers, such as gender inequality and a lack of resources, that prevent women from exercising their rights
support local organizations to advocate for change
What do we hope to achieve?
We will address barriers that prevent women from exercising their right to sexual health care, advocate for the country's law mandating universal access be respected, and support local organizations to reach women and girls who wouldn't otherwise be able to access vital information and services.