The Australian Government’s Commitment to Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

February 16, 2017

Julie Bishop at the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference. Photo: Stuart Hay/ANU
Julie Bishop at the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference. Photo: Stuart Hay/ANU

Yesterday, in Canberra at the Australasian Aid Conference, the Australian Government, led by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, announced $9.5 million funding for International Planned Parenthood Federation. This continues a partnership between the Australian Government and IPPF, at a time when international funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights is being threatened.

International Women’s Development Agency commends our government for continuing to support vital programming for women’s health and rights in our region.

IWDA CEO, Joanna Hayter, is at the Australasian Aid Conference.

“Well done to the Australian Government for standing up for what’s right. This is a government that is standing by its commitment to women’s rights,” she said.

“We know that investment in sexual and reproductive health and rights means fewer deaths, better health for women and better outcomes for children.”

It was an exciting day in Canberra when Dr Sharman Stone, a long-time supporter of international sexual and reproductive health and rights, was officially welcomed as Australia’s new Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.

If you’d like to learn more about the so-called Global Gag Rule, through which the American government has cut funding for international sexual and reproductive rights, check out our blog here.

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