YOUR BODY AND SEXUALITY

EVERYBODY'S RIGHTS

OUR FIGHT 

We work to promote the universal right to decide over your own body and sexuality.

In Denmark and around the world, too many people are bullied, discriminated against or persecuted because of their sexuality, gender or appearance. The lack of access to contraception, family planning counselling and health services leads to STIs, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal deaths – also for young teenage girls.

For more than 60 years, we have worked tirelessly to ensure the right of everyone to make free and well-informed choices about their bodies and their sexuality as well as about their health, family planning and abortion.

Our goal is that everyone – regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity – has the knowledge and the possibility to choose the life that they want. The right to choose is a prerequisite for all individuals to obtain their full potential alongside a sustainable economic and social development.

How

In Denmark, we provide children and young people with knowledge about gender, body and sexuality through a modern, norm critical approach to comprehensive sexuality education. Through our annual Uge Sex (Week Sex) campaign, we reach more than 440,000 students. In addition, we counsel young people through telephone, e-mail and chat services at Sexlinien (the Sex Hotline) and Privatsnak (Private talk).

We offer courses and educational materials focusing on sexuality all through life – e.g. in relation to elderly people, people with chronic diseases and people with special needs.

At our clinic in Copenhagen, we offer free and anonymous counselling about pregnancy, abortion and STIs.

Our work also stretches beyond the Danish borders. We work internationally all the way from the dusty unpaved roads to the high circles of the UN. We work to increase access to contraceptives and sexuality education, and we fight against maternal mortality and discrimination against LGBT people.

As a member of the world’s leading family planning organisation, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), we fight for the promotion of health and rights in relation to body, gender, sexuality, pregnancy and birth along with 147 sister organisations around the world.

With 65,000 clinics worldwide, our sister organisations and we carry out more than 175 million consultations per year. We also work politically to change the legislation so more and more people are able to make their own decisions about their own bodies and sexuality.

For the most part, we operate in poor, stable countries in which there often is a strong religious public and political opposition to sexual and reproductive rights regardless of existing commitments, legal frameworks and policies.

We work together with grass root movements and with national and international organisations. We work across sectors, and our partnerships, alliances and networks cover a wide field from governmental institutions to non-governmental organisations to the private sector. A lasting, close partnership with South-based and locally-owned partners who increase their strength and autonomy as civil society drivers of change, is fundamental to ensuring sustainable progress for SRHR and gender equality.

Read more about our partnerships