ICRH Global Mission and Vision

Introduction

In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD),  views on human rights, population, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development merged into a global consensus that placed individual dignity and human rights, including the right to plan one’s family, at the very heart of development.

In 2014, the comprehensive ICPD Beyond 2014 Review supported the consensus that investing in individual human rights, capabilities and dignity ‒ across multiple sectors and through the life course ‒ is the foundation of sustainable development.

In 2015,  193 UN member states unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals aiming to transform the world over the next 15 years. These goals are designed to eliminate poverty, discrimination, abuse and preventable deaths, address environmental threats, and aim for development for all people, everywhere.  The SDGs are ambitious, and require enormous efforts across countries, continents, industries and disciplines – but they are achievable.  Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are core to the SDGs.

Vision
A world where all individuals, families and communities enjoy the highest possible quality of life and well-being.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are central to this vision. Sustainable development and gender equality will only be achieved when everyone has access to sexual and reproductive health, the right to bodily integrity, and control over all matters related to their sexuality.

Mission
ICRH Global aims to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities by 1) creating knowledge that leads to policies and practices that improve sexual and reproductive health and rights, 2) building capacity and contributing to the next generation of leaders in research and policy, 3) advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and 4) ensuring equitable access to good-quality sexual and reproductive health services.

Goals

  • Conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary research in Belgium, Kenya, Mozambique and beyond, that addresses current and future challenges in RSHR.
  • Advocate for evidence-based changes in international and national policy and practice
  • Support the development of research capacity in Kenya and Mozambique through member organisations
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