This year marks the 25 years of the ground breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which first took place in Cairo in 1994. 179 governments adopted a Program of Action, recognizing that reproductive health, women’s empowerment and gender equality are the pathway to sustainable development, during the conference.
As sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) professionals gather in Nairobi, Kenya for ICPD+25 conference, we examine Uganda’s commitment towards solving challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
New datafrom the Guttmacher Institute show that Uganda still has serious gaps in sexual and reproductive health services for adolescent women. For example, an estimated 648,000 women aged 15–19 in Uganda are sexually active and do not want a child in the next two years. However, among this group, more than 60% have an unmet need for modern contraception, meaning that they either use no contraceptive method or use a traditional method of contraception.
Because of these continued health challenges, stakeholders have consistently questioned Uganda’s commitment to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights, which include being able to decide when and whether to have children, an important aspect that is critical for the health and well-being of all women.
Fortunately, the Nairobi summit on ICPD 25 slated for next week on 12th November to 14th, will be pushing for such strong commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
The Nairobi Summit on ICPD25: Accelerating the promise will offer an inclusive platform, bringing together governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector organizations, women’s groups and youth networks to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action, which is critical to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.