EnGendeRights was founded to advocate for the woman’s right to sexual and reproductive self-determination free from discrimination, coercion, and violence including access to contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, and to safe and legal abortion, and equality of lesbians and bisexual women and their freedom from discrimination.
EnGendeRights actively promotes a human rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health in Philippine laws and policies and in East and Southeast Asia. It seeks to empower women and achieve equality for women. It believes that making abortion safe and legal saves women's lives and that being able to decide if and when to bear children enables women to lead the quality of life she wants for herself and for her living children, if she has any, and contributes to her physical, mental and social well-being and the good of society, in general.
One of the immediate goals of EnGendeRights is to create a working group of mostly women legal advocates promoting sexual and reproductive rights by applying international human rights standards in domestic laws and policies and promoting advances in international and domestic jurisprudence in Philippine jurisprudence. This working group of legal advocates will become pioneers in the area of advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the legal arena championing the important causes and issues that are critical for the achievement of women's equality and empowerment. They will provide the legal expertise in the advocacies of women's reproductive rights activists (called "advocates for choice") in achieving women's right to sexual and reproductive self-determination.