Section one

Focused
On:

What
Matters

What matters to you? Maybe it’s the health and happiness of your friends and family. Maybe it’s a thriving community where women are economically empowered. Or maybe it’s a world where all girls are in good schools and can complete their education.

For PAI, all of these scenarios matter. And we are focused on the central issue that will help make these priorities a reality: securing sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls.

During a time of increased attacks on civil liberties, constant political upheaval and fake news, focusing on what matters can feel nearly impossible. With so many distractions, it is all too easy to get caught up in the noise of the latest scandal or tweet. It’s all too easy to lose sight of what matters.

But over the past year-and-a-half, PAI has cut through the clamor and remained focused on building the future we want.

A future where women and girls around the world have full access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care.

In 2017, working towards this future became increasingly difficult. With the imposition and expansion of the Global Gag Rule, proposed cuts to U.S. funding for international family planning and reproductive health and increasingly restrictive reproductive rights policies in countries around the world, it can feel like the odds are stacked against women and girls.

Even so, PAI remains steadfast in our commitment to securing sexual and reproductive health care and rights worldwide, supporting local advocates in more than 25 countries to advance systemic change in their communities, and working with U.S. policymakers to counteract recent restrictions from our own government.

Our resolve to stay focused on creating the future we want fuels our ability and determination to defy the odds we face. And we have seen the results.

Our local partners around the world tell us they are stronger and more resilient because of our support and collaboration. Our advocacy wins have helped secure the policies and funding needed to ensure that sexual and reproductive health care is available to women and girls in the Global South. And we have laid the groundwork on Capitol Hill for more policymakers to speak out in support of sexual and reproductive health care and rights for all women and girls.

PAI will keep working towards the future we want, no matter the challenges along the way.

To achieve our vision, we need to tackle current threats. We need to continue to identify and promote sustainable solutions to securing sexual and reproductive health care and rights over the long term. And that’s what you’ll learn about in this report.

We know the future we want. And we will remain focused on creating it.

Sincerely,

Suzane Ehlers
President & CEO

Jackie Payne
Board Chair

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