Sexual Health and Rights

We support women, girls and LGBT people, as they organize to end discrimination, stop violence and live with dignity, safety and health.

The Problems

Across the globe, women and girls in developing countries face discrimination and violence and are denied the right to make decisions about their education, professions, relationships, marriage, sexuality and health. One such woman is Teresa, who suffered relentless abuse from her husband for 30 years.

Similarly, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face harassment, discrimination, violence and even murder. Tragically, some countries have enshrined anti-LGBT hate into law, making same-sex sexual activity illegal—punishable by prison terms and, in some cases, by death.

We believe everyone has the right to:

  • Pursue equal opportunities in society without limitations based on gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation
  • Make decisions about his or her body and life
  • Live free from violence and constant threat

Our Solutions

AJWS supports organizations and movements in developing countries working to advance the human rights of women, girls and LGBT people, end discrimination, stop violence and combat hate crimes. The advocates we support are educating communities about their rights and organizing them to advocate for justice and create lasting change—from increasing girls’ educational opportunities in India to overturning the anti-homosexuality law in Uganda.

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In more than 75 countries around the world, homosexuality is illegal—punishable by imprisonment and, in some cases,
by death.

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Every year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 enter into early or forced marriages.

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Around the world, an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience assault, rape or other abuse in her lifetime.

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