DateNovember 12, 2017
2017 Update: Read the commitment here.
2013:The Democratic Republic of Congo commits to executing on the national strategic plan for family planning for 2014-2020. The government also commits to protecting adolescent girls from early marriage through education, awareness raising, social integration, and women’s empowerment programs.
DateJuly 11, 2017
2017 Update: Read the commitment here.
2012:Cote d'Ivoire commits to strengthening community-based services, expanding the family planning method mix, and providing access to family planning methods for women living with HIV and youth as part of national strategy to eliminate mother-to-child transmission.
DateAugust 21, 2014
ActionAid—an international organisation, working with over 15 million people in 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice—will promote a discourse that reflects the importance of women’s sexual health, sexuality and control over their bodies and the importance of eradicating violence against women and women’s social, economic and political exclusion. With the goal of fulfilling its commitments by 2017, ActionAid pledges to organize women and girls in rural areas to challenge and reject the gender-based violence that denies them control over their bodies; secure improvements in the quality, equity and gender responsiveness of public services, including reproductive health services; support women to build and advocate gender-responsive economic alternatives at all levels; convince governments and influential agencies that violence against women is a pivotal barrier to gender equality; and convince governments to enact policies, programs and legislative frameworks to guarantee women full enjoyment of their rights, including the right to sexual and reproductive health.
DateJuly 11, 2012
Save the Children commits to strengthening the capacity of 143,600 frontline providers to deliver quality sexual and reproductive health and family planning services that are friendly to adolescents. Save the Children will focus on providing these services to those that are particularly vulnerable and hard-to-reach and will reach more than a quarter of a million adolescent girls. Working to raise awareness of the health and rights of young people, Save the Children will create safe spaces for young mothers and address the needs of girls vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence.
Recognizing the role of education in empowerment, Save the Children will scale up its work to increase girls’ enrollment, retention and graduation from basic education in four conflict-affected and fragile states, with a view to replication elsewhere. Save the Children will increase access to education for 250,000 girls, bring 10,000 women into teaching and provided professional development to 40,000 women teachers. On a global level, Save the Children will advocate for policies that will remove financial barriers to contraception, increase girls’ education and provide for the sexual education and economic empowerment of women.
DateJuly 11, 2012
ICRW commits to expanding the evidence base on the importance of addressing socio-cultural barriers—including intimate partner violence, stigma and partner involvement—when striving to meet women’s demand for reproductive control and use of family planning services. ICRW will expand the evidence base linking women’s social and economic empowerment to family planning and sexual and reproductive health.
ICRW will also produce new evidence related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights and strengthen the connection between adolescent girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including delayed marriage and childbearing. This new evidence will help inform the design of family planning and sexual and reproductive health programs and services delivered through governments, the private sector and civil society. In addition, ICRW will develop and validate metrics to improve its understanding of the benefits that education brings to women’s access to and correct use of family planning.
The International Center for Research on Women provided the following updates on progress in achieving its FP2020 commitments:
Expanding the evidence base on the importance of addressing socio-cultural barriers when striving to meet women’s demand for reproductive control and use of family planning services
ICRW’s issued an important report at the time of the London Summit, titled, “Women's Demand for Reproductive Control: Understanding and Addressing Gender Barriers,” which addressed the ways in which gender-related barriers affect women’s ability to demand and use family planning and reproductive health. We have disseminated this report in targeted ways over the past three years.
Additionally, ICRW’s Asia Regional Office has carried out numerous studies on gender-based violence and partner engagement over the past three years. One such study surveyed men in five states in India to show the linkages between ideas of masculinity and son-preference. The findings have generated significant interest in policy circles, and ICRW staff is proactively engaged to advocate for the greater engagement of men and addressing violence reduction as strategy to improve family planning acceptance. ICRW aims to influence India’s commitment to addressing intimate partner violence and the rights of adolescent girls in the SDGs. Other studies and resulting reports and articles include:
Expand the evidence base linking women’s social and economic empowerment to family planning and sexual and reproductive health
ICRW and Dalberg Global Development Advisors set out to create a better understanding of corporate-funded women’s economic empowerment programs – what works and what does not – and make the case for how such programs can increase benefits for both women and for companies. ICRW and Dalberg found that corporations need to do more to address barriers that hinder women’s economic advancement. The majority of corporate-funded programs aim to build women's economic status by expanding employment opportunities, providing business training and making loans or credit more available. However, for a woman to be economically empowered, she needs more than skills and opportunities. The Business Case for Women's Economic Empowerment: An Integrated Approach presents the study’s findings and includes an integrated framework that the private sector can adopt to increase return on investment and enhance women’s economic advancement. The integrated approach is based on a human rights framework that focuses on the broader conditions necessary for women to prosper economically, including reproductive control, safety from violence, freedom of movement and childcare – as well as business training, financial support and employment opportunities.
Produce new evidence related to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights ICRW conducted a literature review and donor scan to identify what the evidence shows regarding adolescents and family planning. Findings from this study have been provided in a number of ways and settings, including through
Additional evidence we have generated regarding adolescent SRHR and adolescent girls’ rights includes:
Strengthen the connection between adolescent girls’ education and sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including delayed marriage and childbearing
ICRW conducted a study in northern Uganda that sought to understand the connections between girls’ schooling, early pregnancy and early marriage. Findings from this study, titled, Girls Are Like Leaves on the Wind: How Gender Expectations Impact Girls' Education - A Closer Look from West Nile, Uganda, were presented at various forums in Uganda by ICRW and our local partner, the Federation of Women Educationalists, as well as at an event in Washington, DC. The report resulted in significant media attention in Kenya and the U.S., and was picked up by the New York Times, among others.
ICRW’s report titled More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage provided an in-depth look at four case studies (programs run by CARE in Ethiopia, BRAC in Bangladesh, Save the Children in Egypt and Pathfinder International in India) and found that girl-focused programs expand girls’ ability to make strategic life choices by providing them with access to critical resources. The information, skills and social support that they gain help to instill a transformation within girls: increasing their self-awareness, their self-efficacy and their aspirations. They also introduce girls to alternatives to marriage and early pregnancy, such as school and livelihood opportunities, and enhance their ability to influence key ‘gatekeepers’ in their lives, such as parents, husbands or community leaders.
ICRW has used the findings from these studies to advocate for girls education, including with the U.S. government and within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Develop and validate metrics to improve its understanding of the benefits that education brings to women’s access to and correct use of family planning
With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, ICRW and the World Bank are undertaking a multi-year study to understand the economic impacts of child marriage globally. Among the key linkages around which we are estimating impacts are those between girls’ education, early marriage, and use of family planning. Early findings from the first phase of this study will be available publicly in the fall of 2015.
DateJuly 11, 2017
Between 2017 and 2020, Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World (MdM) will implement Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) activities in 13 countries out of the 69 focus countries of FP2020:
Médecins du Monde’s programs will provide access to Family Planning to 1,000,000 people, including 150,000 young people (from 10 to 24 years old).
In French-speaking countries in the Caribbean (Haiti) and in Africa (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire DR Congo, Madagascar, Niger), we will implement a program to:
In the different intervention areas, we will develop approaches that contribute to make SRH services (e.g. health education, FP, PAC) available, accessible, affordable, and at a high level of quality, especially to young people and adolescents.
In addition to this program, Médecins du Monde will also be working in other countries supported by FP2020. For instance, access to family planning is a core component of the package of services we implement directly (in Nigeria and Iraq), through a local NGO we support (in Somalia) or through reinforcement of the public health system (Sri Lanka, Nepal).
In Nigeria and Iraq, we work in crisis settings where we implement the MISP. This is done through the provision of direct services in mobile health units.
In Sri Lanka and Nepal, we target specifically vulnerable population groups (remote areas and IDPs) to increase access to SRHR through community awareness, improvement of quality service provision and support to local CSOs advocating on SRHR.
In Somalia, we respond to primary healthcare of host population and refugees in Bossasso. The project is implemented through a local organization (ISDP) that aims at strengthening public health facilities and community awareness and mobilization. We have a strong focus on family planning and GBV management.
In Pakistan, we will contribute to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies by focusing on strengthening universal access and quality of family planning public health services through a five-year project in the Province of Punjab.
Médecins du Monde also produces shared resources, including our guidelines, training modules and research studies. For example, in 2015, we conducted a study in Burkina Faso, DRC, Palestine and Peru on the sociocultural and community determinants of unwanted pregnancies. These resources are available in English and French. Most of them are also available in Spanish.
As a humanitarian organization, the challenges we face in achieving our commitment include operational and security volatility in the field, as well as fundraising.