In a country with the fifth highest rate of child marriage in the world, advocates are working tirelessly to achieve passage of a law against gender-based violence. See the photo essay.
HP+ contributes to optimizing health resources and fostering more equitable, sustainable, rights-based health services, supplies, and delivery systems.
HP+ is working together with the Ministry for the Promotion of Women, Children, and Families and the National Control Program Against Excision to achieve passage of a law against gender-based violence in Mali.
I have three dreams I’d put forward to family planning donors: sustained commitment to high-quality, voluntary family planning; inclusion of family planning into universal health coverage (UHC); and increased country ownership of family planning program efforts.
Among the discussion on the demographic dividend, there’s an important topic that is overlooked?—?the importance of addressing gender to maximize the opportunity to achieve a dividend. All too often, family planning is the woman’s responsibility. Addressing gender biases is at the front of many FP/RH programs, and until we change them achieving a demographic dividend will remain beyond the grasp of those who are working toward it.
Family planning is an investment that yields returns on many fronts. It contributes to economic growth by allowing women and couples to decide on the number and timing of children they want; it contributes to female empowerment; and nations reap the benefit of family planning with accelerated economic growth.
In order to secure family planning financing for future generations, planning for sustainable funding must start now. Strategies and investment cases for family planning, now a mainstream practice, still focuses too much on what can be funded through external resources; mobilizing domestic resources seems to be an afterthought.