Nurse Anabeth Legaspo discusses different contraceptive methods during the Family Planning Service Provision Outreach in Cagwait, Surigao del Sur. This intervention is part of the Global Affairs Canadafunded Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) project implemented by Oxfam Pilipinas through SIKAP. (Photo: Erwin Mascarinas/Oxfam Pilipinas)
This Briefer on Teenage Pregnancy serves as a succinct reference material and guide for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Women’s Rights Organizations (WROs), government agencies, service providers, and other stakeholders in understanding the teenage pregnancy situation in the Philippines and the...
Oxfam Pilipinas and the UP Center for Women's and Gender Studies, as part of the Sexual Health and Empowerment (SHE) Project funded by the Global Affairs Canada, launched the study “Saying Yes to Whose Pleasures?”. (Photo: Erielle Esturas/Oxfam Pilipinas)
Oxfam Pilipinas on Tuesday released the findings of its study on teenage pregnancy, which shows the need for Filipino society to accept the reality and the power of teen pleasure and sexuality.
This research is a qualitative, feminist inquiry into teen girls’ experiences of sexuality, their deliberation, and agency in the context of social relationships, sexual and reproductive health regulations, and the acceptability of pregnancies.
A rural health unit in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. (Photo: Eleanor Farmer/Oxfam)
As we usher in a new world, we must choose what to bring and what not. Using Sarah Longwe’s women empowerment framework, there are five basic aspects of empowerment: welfare, access, conscientization, participation, and control.
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations and groups working in SRHR in the Philippines have sounded the alarm on the possible negative effects the pandemic will have on people’s SRHR. This article was originally published on
Elizabeth Asanion, 45, wears her protective goggles during a relief operation conducted by Community Organizers Multiversity, with support from Oxfam Philippines, titled Care4Wife: COVID-19 Assistance and Response to Emergency Needs for Women in Informal Economy in Namapa Compound, Barangay North Fairview in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. 9 June 2020. (Original photo by Basilio Sepe, illustrated by Vina Salazar)
In this briefing note, Nastasia L. Tysmans highlights four key insights from the report which ought to urge us even more to integrate practices of solidarity into ongoing efforts to respond to COVID-19.
Illustration by Vina Salazar/Oxfam
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, women's choices and rights to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care have been deprioritized and ignored.
Tanumbay, 22, from Maguindanao got married at age 10 to a man 20 years older than her. ‘I didn’t want to marry, but I had no choice. It was my father’s wish before he died,’ she said. Tanumbay was 12 years old when she gave birth to her eldest son. Now, she has five children. Tanumbay never experienced going to school because of poverty. Photo: April Abello-Bulanadi/Oxfam
In the Philippines, poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of women and girls is a grave public health challenge: one in five girls is a mother by age 19, two-thirds of women are not using any form of birth control, and more than a third of women’s pregnancies are unwanted.
Women and girls have fundamental human rights. When they are forced to marry at an early age, these rights get violated. It also hinders them from enjoying good psychological and physical well-being. Approximately 24% of 1,058 respondents (997 females, 61 males) from Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao,...


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