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"Free to decide, Free to choose" How to guarantee universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as an essential condition for the emancipation of women and girls - CSW63 Side Event
13 Mar 2019 -  How do social protection and public health systems better guarantee and protect sexual and reproductive rights around the world, particularly in countries in economic and social transition?
The global SheDecides campaign was launched at the end of January 2017 by the Netherlands, and was quickly joined by more than 50 countries and many organizations, in response to the decision of the new U.S. administration to suspend all financial aid to foreign NGOs that act, advocate or only provide information on abortion. The aim is to compensate as much as possible for the negative consequences of the interruption of funding for international NGOs supporting abortion. At the same time, the SheDecides movement recalled that the prohibition or penalization of abortion does not lead to fewer abortions, but to more irresponsible practices in clandestine places and more maternal mortality.
France and Sweden have mobilized alongside the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) to support the SheDecides movement. Access to sexual and reproductive rights and health for women and girls is a fundamental part of their feminist diplomacy. Sweden and France have committed themselves, together with their allies and willing partners, to do everything possible to guarantee free and protected access to these rights for all women and young people in Europe and throughout the world.