Grethe Petersen, Regional Director East and Southern Africa at Marie Stopes International and member of FP2020’s Country Engagement Working Groupsaid,
“FP2020 is a force for change. Its galvanising effect has seen inspirational leaders in developing countries stand up and make family planning a priority for their countries. Their efforts should be applauded; organisations like Marie Stopes International will always be here to partner and support yet we know the real success will come from countries driving progress themselves.
“The take home message for me is clear: we will only be successful in our ambitions to make choice a reality for all women if we put partnership front and centre. Partnership, collaboration and integration are integral to the success of this global movement and will drive our united goal forwards, ultimately realising a woman’s right to family planning.
“Together we have achieved great progress over the past year and successfully shone a spotlight on the transformational potential of family planning. Commitments and funding distributions from both countries and donors have increased; leaders of developing countries have brought the issue to the forefront of their policies; innovative partnerships have expanded access to a range of contraceptive methods; and FP2020 has developed the tools needed to monitor progress and hold us all accountable.
“The first year has been encouraging but we have a long way to go and we need to be careful to honour the all-inclusiveness of our promise. Specifically we must ensure that we not only reach 120 million more women, but maintain access to family planning for everyone. Of the 220 million women with an unmet need for family planning, 38% have used contraception before. That means that for whatever reason, having once been able to control their fertility these women have had their access to contraception blocked, and we have failed them.
“For FP2020 to succeed in spirit as well as fact, we must deliver for women on their terms. Reflecting their choices: whether to use contraception or not; whichever method of contraception they like; whenever, wherever and from whichever provider they choose.”
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About Marie Stopes International
Millions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable women trust Marie Stopes International to provide them with quality family planning and reproductive healthcare. We have been delivering contraception, safe abortion, and mother and baby care for over thirty years and operate in over 40 countries around the world. By providing high quality services where they are needed the most, we prevent unnecessary deaths and make a sustainable impact on the lives of millions of people every year. For more information, please visit our website www.mariestopes.org
About Family Planning 2020 (FP2020)
Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. FP2020 is an outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning where more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery and socio-cultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information, services and supplies. Donors also pledged an additional US$2.6 billion in funding.
Read FP2020’s Partnership in Action report online here.