No decent work and economic empowerment without sexual and reproductive health and rights

Sustainable growth and jobs creation are a priority of the European Commission in its internal and external policies. In its recent EU-Africa strategy, the Commission underlines that this push for sustainable growth and jobs “requires […] universal health coverage, access to quality health services, including family planning, and fighting against inequality and discrimination”, with a particular focus on women and youth.

Gender equality, human development, access to universal health coverage (UHC), including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), are therefore particularly important to achieve the Commission priority on sustainable growth and jobs and the Agenda 2030. All interventions linked to this priority must be based on the EU values and principles of human rights and gender equality. More in our factsheet.