Transformation Doesn’t Happen Over Night

February 5, 2014 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

Transformation Doesn’t Happen Over Night

How can we best help countries realize their existing commitments to rights and ensure that rights-based approaches are the standard for all countries? These are the questions at the heart of an emerging dialogue in the family planning and reproductive health community. In case you missed it, check out the excellent piece by Shannon Harris of Engender Health and the Futures Group, “Keeping Complexity in a Human Rights-Based Approach to Family Planning: Is It Worth It?

Since the London Summit in 2012, elements of reproductive rights have begun to permeate family planning commitments and implementation plans. Of the 28 developing countries that have FP2020 commitments, 15 made specific references to improving choice, expanding the range of methods, or reproductive rights. This is tremendous given that not too long ago, “reproductive rights” was still a dirty term in some circles. Such gains should not be trivialized.

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