How can faith be a driving force when working for youth’s sexual and reproductive rights? Two of Church of Sweden’s partner organisations in Tanzania shares their experience and stories. They are joined by researchers, decision makers and policy experts within the field of global health and SRHR in a panel to discuss important lessons learnt from, and the role of religious norms and beliefs, religious actors and Sweden in, the global fight for youth’s sexual and reproductive rights.
Sexual and reproductive rights are part of the human rights, and includes the right to decide over your own body. Lack of knowledge as well as discrimination and oppression limit the realisation of sexual and reproductive rights. The perception of SRHR is often strongly influenced by religious norms and traditions, which many times have had a negative impact on the attitudes in society and for the SRHR situation of youth and other vulnerable groups.
The Church of Sweden
Josephine Sundqvist Moderator
Regional Representative to Eastern Africa, Church of Sweden
Dr Paul Mmbando Paneldeltagare
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Gloria Mafole Paneldeltagare
Christian Council of Tanzania/Church of Sweden
Christian Council of Tanzania
Lennart Hjelmåker Paneldeltagare
Sweden's Ambassador for Global Health, former Ambassador Tanzania
Linnéa Engström Paneldeltagare
Member of European Parliament - Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
Susanne Strömdal Paneldeltagare
Researcher within the Global Health, HIV and SRHR Group at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institute