FP2020 has had the honor of partnering with civil society organizations (CSOs) on many initiatives: family planning advocacy, government and donor accountability, increasing country budgets for family planning services, and so much more. These partnerships with the advocacy community have become a cornerstone to FP2020’s progress. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, our civil society partners have been instrumental in keeping family planning on the national agenda in their own countries.
FP2020 recognizes the importance of CSO-led advocacy in creating the policy and funding environment necessary for achieving progress against country commitments, especially as our community forges ahead against the backdrop of a global pandemic. Our civil society partners have collaborated with FP2020 to define a global family planning advocacy agenda, promote evidence and best practices, and advance the alignment of advocacy efforts among civil society partners.
In honor of World Contraception Day Saturday, September 26, we asked civil society partners to share how they have improved contraceptive access — and continue to do so despite massive disruptions from the global pandemic. We’ll be celebrating their achievements through a new video series, highlighting incredible civil society partners from around the globe. You can see the first videos below, and starting on World Contraception Day, you can join the campaign by using the hashtag #myFPstory. Tell us: how has family planning changed your life, and how are you strengthening access to family planning for others?
Join us by making a video of your own. So far, our partners have touched on lessons learned, best practices, as well as recommendations for the FP2020 partnership beyond 2020, including the need for more funding for advocacy, better coordination and stronger accountability processes which galvanize civil society to support the implementation and monitoring of family planning commitments alongside governments.
We hope you take the time to watch and learn from our partners, and take part in this campaign. As we build excitement around the next phase of this partnership, we continue to learn from this community, and we are grateful for your partnership.
Mande Limbu, Senior Manager, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement
Sofia Heffernan, Coordinator, Global Initiatives