This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ground-breaking International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place in Cairo. There, 179 governments agreed that reproductive health, women's empowerment and gender equality are the pathway to sustainable development. These are also central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite remarkable progress since 1994, millions of women and girls are still not empowered to make their own choices about their health and reproduction. On the occasion of International Women’s Day we look at how the partnership between the EU, UNFPA, key CSOs, national governments, and other development partners contributes to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls around the world. Looking to the future: What is required to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights for all and make the promise of the ICPD Programme of Action a reality?