FP2020 Rights and Empowerment Principles for Family Planning

DateDecember 8, 2014

R-Eprinciples Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is underpinned by the right of all individuals, no matter who they are or where they live, to have equitable access to lifesaving contraceptive information, services and supplies.

This document outlines the common understanding of rights principles related to family planning that FP2020 believes must be respected, protected and fulfilled in order to reach and sustain goals for meeting contraceptive needs.

These rights principles are informed by and build upon existing human rights principles that seek to integrate rights-based approaches into family planning programming. For each principle, this document provides a definition which is grounded in existing human rights agreements and frameworks. It also provides illustrative examples from the areas of Policy and Programming, Measurement and Markets to assist in operationalizing each principle. Ensuring that human rights principles are at the center of family planning policies, programs, measurement and contraceptive markets represents some of our most challenging work. However, FP2020 recognizes that investing in human rights is critical to growing sustainable, equitable and effective programs with lasting impact.

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Additional Resources for Understanding and Implementing a Rights-based Approach to Family Planning:

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