DSW MEP SURVEY: Strong support for Sexual Health and Gender Equality in the European Parliament

Posted by Maria Codina on September 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

In the results of a new survey released today, 7th of September 2017, a two-thirds majority of the European Parliament believes that the EU is not spending enough money to fund research that is targeted at HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria, and other diseases of poverty that affect over one billion people worldwide, just as EU member states threaten to slash the EU’s annual budget allocation for this area.

The DSW MEP survey also showed strong support among MEPs for EU action to prioritise the strengthening of women’s and girl’s rights (67% in favour), and that the EU promotes sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) – issues like family planning, sexuality education, and maternal health – in its development policy (83% in favour). What is more, in light of the upcoming EU-Africa summit in Cote d’Ivoire in November 2017, 89% of MEPs believe that it is important to promote SRHR as part of EU-Africa relations. Additionally, the survey found that:

  • 72% of MEPs support health as a priority for EU development cooperation policy
  • 64% of MEPs believe the EU should develop a global health action plan


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