In the wake of global crises, there have been setbacks in combating maternal and child mortality, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence. In many partner countries of development cooperation, people's sexual and reproductive rights, especially those of women, girls and disadvantaged groups, are severely restricted. The implementation of sexual and reproductive rights is a prerequisite for achieving sexual and reproductive health.
German development policy works to support this through its field of action called 'Population policy; sexual and reproductive health and rights'. It aims to strengthen sexual and reproductive health in partner countries by developing pandemic- and crisis-resilient health and social protection structures. Thus, development policy intends to improve the quality of and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare, and to strengthen the sexual and reproductive rights of vulnerable groups in particular.
This field of action is a key area of feminist development-policy, in which the strengthening of sexual and reproductive health and rights is one of the main objectives of development policy. The overarching goal of dismantling discriminatory structures for women and girls as well as for other marginalized groups is a core component of the field of action.