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Ending global poverty begins with women’s rights


Development Project


Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE)
She can take control of her body and her future

The Situation

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). 


The Philippines

5 years, 2018-2023

# People Impacted

Thanks to our Supporters:
This project is undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada, provided through Global Affairs Canada, and the generous Canadian public

Government of Canada

Project at a Glance

The Philippines has the third highest rate of teenage pregnancies in South Asia, with 57 births per 1000 deliveries for girls aged 15-19
More than half (54%) of all pregnancies in the Philippines are unintended
More than 90% of unintended pregnancies occurred among women using traditional, ineffective birth control methods or no method at all

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.

You can put decision making power back in women's hands.

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