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Just 25 years ago, it was recognized that fulfilling the rights of women and girls lies at the heart of sustainable development. This global consensus was reached at the ground-breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. Governments recognized that unless women have control over their own sexual and reproductive health, real progress would not be made.

While advancements have been remarkable since then, in many countries they have been slow and uneven. At the Nairobi Summit 25 years later, we celebrated the unique opportunity to build on the momentum of the ICPD. Here, we look at progress in East and Southern Africa on four transformational results, as well as the gaps that remain.