On World Contraception Day, it might seem surprising that we still need to raise awareness about contraceptive care in Europe. But our work with some of Europe's most vulnerable communities brings home how much contraceptive care still changes and saves lives.
The recent protests following the death of George Floyd due to police violence demonstrate once again how structurally embedded social inequality is within our societies. COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequalities.
No matter where we live, what we look like, or what income we might have, this pandemic affects us all. IPPF members around Europe and Central Asia, as throughout the world, continue to do their best to ensure that all people can lead safe and dignified reproductive lives even in confinement.
We talked with Feđa Mehmedović, Programme Leader at Association XY (IPPF’s Member Association in Bosnia & Herzegovina) about his experiences providing and advocating for relationship and sexuality education in his country.
Sonja Ghaderi is Project Manager of 'Curious: Sex and Relationships for young newcomers,’ a relationship and sexuality education programme for young migrants in Sweden which is led by IPPF’s Swedish Member Association, RFSU.
Mathilde and Amelie are volunteers for Ton Plan à Toi, an initiative for relationship and sexuality education launched by Mouvement Francais Pour Le Planning Familial. Ton Plan à Toi was set up to provide people with skills and information that would enable them to have happy and healthy relationships and lives.
The proposed titles, allocation of portfolios, and the hierarchical structure of the new European Commission are a clear departure from the current state of affairs - and present both opportunities and challenges for advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the EU and outside of its borders.
Women in vulnerable situations and who are not financially independent are too often neglected by the system and the State at the expense of their sexual and reproductive safety and dignity.With no access to relationships and sexuality education, access to contraception or any other type of support, women like Marita are left behind.
Keti’s (not her real name) husband began to beat her after they’d been married for about six months. She was 17 years old. “At that age a person is not ready to be married, to undergo the hardship of having and raising kids,” she says.