Connecting the Dots: Sexual and reproductive health and rights as prerequisites for global gender equality and empowerment

Global gender equality and empowerment are universally agreed upon goals and are widely considered critical across political affiliations in the U.S. Achieving these goals requires dedicated commitment to women’s and girls’ health; freedom from violence; and equal participation in education, the workforce, and politics. Additionally, a commitment to the global sexual and reproductive health and rights agenda is critical to the advancement of gender equality and empowerment as they are directly impacted by the availability and accessibility of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

Connecting the Dots emphasizes the need for the U.S. to increase its support for sexual and reproductive health and rights – both financially and politically – in order to make meaningful progress on advancing its global policy and programming priorities of achieving gender equality and empowerment worldwide.

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