From our Partners: “Funds for a Sustainable Future,” International Planned Parenthood Federation

In Addis Ababa with the Action Agenda for Financing for Development, and in New York with the Sustainable Development Goals, and in every national capital in the world, the message has been clear – women and girls must be at the centre of our vision for a sustainable world.

It is up to us to make this a reality.

At the International Planned Parenthood Federation we have been working hard to make sure that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are a big part of the SDGs – we don’t believe that you can achieve poverty eradication without SRHR and gender equality.

The benefits of gender equality speak for themselves. A recent study commissioned by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) project found that if every Ethiopian girl who drops out of school was instead able to finish her education it would add US$4 billion to the country’s economy over the course of her lifetime.

But we must always remember that gender equality isn’t just smart economics, it is also a fundamental human right. We must fight for and fund gender equality not for the financial benefits it brings, but to make sure that every woman, every girl, has access to the sort of life that she is entitled to.

But what worries us when it comes to the realities of the finances is that there is already a big funding shortfall when it comes to SRHR.

Click here to read the full commentary by Tewodros Melesse of International Planned Parenthood Federation at the Huffington Post.