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Advocacy is a key activity for Rutgers, together with research and capacity building. Practicing advocacy means we plead with national and international policy makers and influentials to enable people to achieve and fulfill their sexual and reproductive health and rights. At Rutgers we use the results of our research and programme experience to strengthen the evidence base of our advocacy.

Sexual health is a vital component in tackling poverty worldwide and a key factor in sustainable development

Sophie in 't Veld
Sophie in 't Veld
Member of the European Parliament and chair of the working group Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Development

Policies and finance

With like-minded organisations in the Netherlands, Europe and worldwide, Rutgers advocates to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights are high on the political agendas of important global processes (like the G8), UN institutions and governments. We advocate for the kind of progressive policies and financial support that can deliver sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. 

National voices

With a country office in Indonesia and our local partners in Africa and Asia, we advocate at national level for appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights policies and funding in these countries.

International framework

Our advocacy is stronger if it aligns with other agencies working in SRHR.

For Rutgers and many others the framework that underpins all our advocacy work emerged from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994.

In the ICPD’s Programme of Action it was agreed that securing sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment should form the basic principles of development programmes.


Meeting at the UN

Sustainable Development Goals

We also work towards the fulfillment of the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals, and we participate in advocacy to remind governments of their SDG commitments. We focus mainly on Goal 3 ('ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages'), Goal 4 ('ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all'), and on Goal 5 ('achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls'). Earlier we worked towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (mostly Goal 3, 5 and 6).

A new global agenda

The current ICPD Programme of Action and agreements on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the development community is highly focused on what comes next. Rutgers is engaged in advocacy around the international process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Follow our news section to read more about what we are doing to influence the agenda. At special UN sessions we will use our ECOSOC consulative status.

Read more about advocacy in Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Tanzania and Uganda

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