Today, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day. While working to advance rights-based family planning, gender impacts everything we do. In particular, it’s at the root of every person’s ability to make and carry out decisions regarding contraception and sexual and reproductive health. And yet, if we engage only women and girls in discussions about family planning, we miss the context in which their decisions are made: relationships with spouses, friends, family members, and children all underpin women’s decisions about whether or when to have a child.
So today we’re celebrating women in all their intersecting identities, diverse lifestyles, and cultures. When we uplift them, they uplift their communities.
We hope you’ll join us at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women to learn more about FP2030’s new Gender Strategy – a series of principles and ways of working designed to make FP2030 more effective, more strategic, and better represent the lives of the women, girls, and all people. You can learn more below, or register for our event now.
Dr. Samukeliso Dube
FP2030 at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67)
Join us at two events at the 67th Commission on the Status of Women. We’re looking forward to sharing FP2030’s refreshed gender strategy at the FP2030 side event, Moving Toward Gender Transformative Change, and talking about new family planning technologies at a parallel event the following day.
FP2030 Reception: FP2030: Moving toward Gender Transformative Change
March 16th from 5 – 7 pm
Speakers will include Monica Aleman, Ford Foundation; Dr. Samu Dube, FP2030; MaryBeth Hastings, FP2030
NGO Parallel Event: Leveraging Technology to Advance SRHR and Gender Equality
March 17th from 12:30 – 2 pm
Speakers will include Mary-Ann Etiebet, Merck for Mothers; Laura Reichenbach, Breakthrough Research; Eliana Placci Arditi, Impacto Digital
Registration coming soon
The FP2030 Asia Pacific Hub is seeking to hire two experienced and highly qualified people for the positions of Country Engagement Advisor – South East Asia and Country Engagement Advisor – Pacific Island Countries.
FP2030 Puts Down Roots in Latin America
As FP2030 continues to expand to a regional hub structure, it’s deepening its work and partnerships in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. This week we had the chance to talk with regional experts on the current challenges and opportunities around sexual and reproductive health. Read more.
In Other News
FP2030’s recent webinar on the state of family planning in Latin America is now available to watch.
Policy Cures Research’s new G-FINDER snapshot on global investment in contraceptive research and development (R&D) outlines key challenges in the contraceptive funding landscape. The report shows that funding for contraceptive R&D has stagnated overall since 2018, and declined every year since 2019. Despite this backdrop, there have been encouraging trends towards incorporating human-centered design in contraceptive innovations: shifting to less and even non-hormonal, user-controlled methods, as well as male and unisex methods. But next-generation contraceptives remain at early-stages in the pipeline.
New High Impact Practices (HIP): Promoting healthy couples’ communication to improve reproductive health outcomes.
The Training Resource Package (TRP) for Family Planning provides Reproductive Health trainers, supervisors, and program managers with a comprehensive set of materials required to adapt, design, implement, and evaluate FP trainings. The materials are appropriate for preservice and in-service training and applicable for use in public and private sectors.
Advancing Self Care in Asia: Insights, Experiences, and Lessons Learned: This webinar sponsored by the Knowledge SUCCESS Asia team featured experts from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and West Africa currently working in the area of DMPA SC. The speakers discussed the feasibility and future of self-care for family planning in Asia, and lessons learned from program experiences in West Africa. The recording of the webinar is now available in English and French as well as the Q&A. A recap is available here.
Meeting Youth Where They (Increasingly) Are: Five Recommendations for Reaching Youth about Contraception and Reproductive Health with Digital Technologies. This brief from Breakthrough ACTION is based on research to understand how young people in LMICs seek, vet, and share information about contraception and reproductive health using social media, web-based, app-based, and mobile messaging platforms. Also available in French.