The health of women and girls is of particular concern within our work on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Aungkur takes a right-based approach in its SRHR work. Sexual and reproductive rights are recognised internationally, as well as by most national governments, in a number of treaties and conventions. Realisation of SRHR requires a concerted effort by governments, CSOs, the private sector and citizens as rights holders as well as duty bearers. Each of these stakeholders has a role to play and responsibilities to perform. Clearly, the right to SRHR cannot be fully realised if other rights are violated; therefore a holistic approach to human rights is inherent to our activities.
Aungkur and our local partners work in close cooperation with these different stakeholders. Our primary focus is at community level. Our partners ensure that local health workers and volunteers share sufficient knowledge and information to refer people to the right care, as they are an important link between the community and the official healthcare system (clinic or hospital).
Following our Theory of Change within our SRHR activities we have been empowering communities to ensure they demand quality health services and engage in healthy behaviours regarding their sexual and reproductive activities. Through promoting the development of equitable health and medical systems that offer safe abortions, post abortion care, quality maternity care, including safe childbirth, antenatal and postnatal care, STI/HIV prevention, and the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS we ensure sustainable services. Besides creating access to and ensuring use of these services, we improve their quality by training at community level health workers and others community members (including youth)) to provide quality awareness, information and knowledge on SRHR. Through building an enabling environment in which all relevant stakeholders are aware of their roles and responsibilities, Aungkur works together to ensure they can be held accountable for their responsibility of fulfilling SRHR of the population at large. Within these three intervention logics we seek to improve the position of women by working towards a situation where all women have power over decisions concerning their lives and health
We also support initiatives that focus specifically at menstrual hygiene in order to empower women to take good care of themselves during their menstruation and to create an environment where menstruation is s0cially accepted and women are not excluded or discriminated against because of their monthly periods.