In the current global climate of political and religious opposition, there is a need for stronger and more focused Danish coordination and cooperation on SRHR and gender equality at country level as well as crosscutting regional and global policy processes and mechanisms.

We have a fundamental focus on strengthening civil society in the Global South in order to drive real and sustainable change for poor, marginalised and vulnerable groups and to push for the realisation of the SDGs.

SRHR have a significant and direct impact on the attainment of SDGs 3, 4 and 5, while gender equality and SRHR also have a positive impact on SDGs 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17.

Gender equality and SRHR contribute both directly and indirectly to the four strategic objectives of the Danish strategy for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action by addressing root causes.

At the same time, investing in SRHR has proved to provide high value for money as improved SRHR leads to greater family savings and productivity and to better prospects for educating children and adolescents, strengthening economies and reducing the pressure on natural resources. Even family planning on its own is considered a ‘best buy’ in global health because of its relative cost-effectiveness.