Sexual and reproductive health is at the heart of the most important decisions a woman makes: if and when to marry. How long to stay in school. How many children to have.
Millions of women and girls around the world do not get to freely make these choices. Poor health services and information limit their freedoms--and put their lives at risk. Globally, complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second cause of death for girls aged 15 to 19.
When women can make informed choices about their bodies, they can make better choices for their families, their education, their livelihoods, and their happiness.
What is Oxfam doing?
Together with local organizations, we put sexual and reproductive health choices back in women's hands. When women can access vital health information and services, they can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
With local partners, we strengthen health systems and community structures.
A woman can only demand her rights if she knows what those rights are.
We rally communities and challenge the policies, systems and laws that need to change.