Rights-based Family Planning

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Developing and implementing programs that aims to fulfill the rights of all individuals


Rights-based family planning is an approach to developing and implementing programs that aims to fulfill the rights of all individuals to choose whether, when, and how many children to have; to act on those choices through high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, information, and education; and to access those services free from discrimination, coercion, and violence.

Over the last several years, global and country actors are increasingly interrogating programs and practices to ensure the rights of clients are considered and respected. Now, these efforts—in pursuit of the promise of rights-based family planning programming as a standard practice—are leading to the first insights on what it takes to operationalize this approach and measure its impact on programs, progress, and people.

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is proud to support these efforts by helping build the critical knowledge base on rights-based family planning—sharing the latest research, program efforts, and tools as well as providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, and inspiration.

We are deeply grateful to the many organizations and experts working on integrating rights into their family planning efforts for their generous collaboration, expertise, and thought leadership. Learn more.

Understanding the Approach

What is Rights-Based Family Planning?
Rights-based family planning involves the application of key human rights principles to how...
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How Is it Different from What We Normally Do?
Most family planning programs are already implementing essential elements of rights-based...
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What does Rights-based Family Planning Have to Do with FP2020?
The ambitious goal—to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020—...
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Key Resources

Several key rights-based family planning resources and efforts—frameworks, tools, reports, and pilots—have been developed that provide principles, entry points, and solid programming advice to help countries and practitioners develop family planning programs that respect and protect human rights. These include frameworks from the World Health Organization, the Population Council's Evidence Project, and EngenderHealth, along with efforts from partners like International Planned Parenthood FederationMarie Stopes International, and Palladium to operationalize these frameworks.

Frameworks provided by WHO, the Population Council's Evidence Project and EngenderHealth
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FP2020's Rights-Sizing Family Planning Toolkit and more
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Meeting Reports
Overviews and outcomes of FP2020 events
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Reports and Journals
Reports from Faith to Action Network, PLOS One and Promundo
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Moving from numbers to people
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We are deeply grateful to the many organizations and experts working on integrating rights into their family planning efforts and their generous collaboration, knowledge sharing and thought leadership. In particular, we gratefully acknowledge the work of EngenderHealth, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)Marie Stopes International, Palladium, the Population Council, and the USAID Support for International Family Planning Organizations (SIFPO) 2 Project and its implementers for their on-going search for evidence, program improvements, and willingness to push a concept to reality.

 We especially wish to thank Elizabeth Arlotti-Parish, Michal Avni, Vicky Boydell, Lynn Bakamjian, Jay Gribble, Karen Hardee, Kaja Jurczynska, Joan Kraft, Jan Kumar, and Karen Newman and countless more who have supported and contributed to these efforts.

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