What does 2024 hold for us? Some trends are already emerging for the opportunities and battles ahead for sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in 2024.
Around the world, 2024 will see a historic number of elections, casting a shadow of political uncertainty that could lead to geopolitical instability.
The climate crisis continues, threatening the livelihoods and human rights of affected populations. Sexual rights are integral to the fight for our planet, which is why IPPF is continuing environmental advocacy in 2024. At the same time, we continue to mobilize to ensure SRHR services during humanitarian crises, especially sexual and reproductive health services, for communities and displaced populations.
2024 also holds great promise: the fight for abortion rights continues, and we applaud the expansion of the Green Wave and liberalization of abortion laws in other regions that have historically been the most restricted, including in Africa. In Europe, we saw a turnaround in Poland: the results of the parliamentary elections showed growing support for democratic values and reproductive freedom. 2024 had a strong start with the victory of Marta Lempart in her libel case against the ultra-conservative organization Ordo Iuris. This is a clear win for freedom of speech and for all those who stand for women's rights.
But democracy remains at risk in 2024. Our identities and freedoms are being attacked by more state and non-state actors. They have been excluding and marginalizing LGBTIQ+ aiming to strip away reproductive rights and to criminalize sexuality and gender, as in Uganda, Russia, Indonesia. In some countries, however, they failed and we celebrated great victories. In particular, in 2023, several countries decriminalized same-sex marriage. And we hope to see the wave of marriage equality continue to spread.
In line with our Strategy 2028, the Federation is committed to continuing its work to ensure and extend access to sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice for and with the people we serve.