This last month, we’ve been celebrating LGBTI Pride as well as the second Generation Equality Forum in Paris. This is a good opportunity to recognize that the FP2030 partnership will be bigger and more inclusive, engaging partners beyond the family planning sector. People everywhere and in every body have the right to choose when or whether to have children, and they have the right to live healthy lives — and these rights are foundational to achieving gender equality. This is just one of the many ways FP2030 commitments are aligned with Generation Equality.
Following Generation Equality, we’ll keep the conversation going July 15 at an event celebrating intersectional and transformational FP2030 commitments. Join Mariama Abdou Gado, FP2030 Transition Oversight Group; Ellen Starbird, United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Lori Adelman, Global Fund for Women; Simon Cooke, MSI Reproductive Choices; Marie Ba, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit; and Christopher Elias, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; alongside leaders from the youth, disability, and LGBTI rights communities, as they discuss the power and promise of an expansive, inclusive family planning movement.
My colleague Catherine Lane writes about how FP2030 is building a more inclusive partnership in her article, Pride, Power, and Family Planning. We start by recognizing that people do not lead lives in silos, so their health care shouldn’t be siloed either. This is part of a series of articles observing the second anniversary of the release of the findings of the ECHO trial, which pointed to the need to better integrate family planning and HIV care. How far have we progressed in ensuring people have integrated health services?
We hope you are taking part in the rich Generation Equality discussions this week, and we look forward to seeing you at Join the Movement: Transformational and Intersectional Commitments for a Stronger Family Planning Movement on July 15.
Director, Global Initiatives
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Join the Movement: Transformational and Intersectional Commitments for a Stronger Family Planning Movement
FP2030 is hosting an exciting digital event to introduce the first FP2030 commitments, and welcome new sectors to the partnership. Speakers include Marie Ba, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit; Ellen Starbird, United States Agency for International Development; Chris Elias, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and many more. Don’t miss the panel Building Intersectional Partnerships, moderated by Lori Adelman, Global Fund For Women, and featuring Alessandra Aresu, Humanity & Inclusion; Shanen Ganapathee, Masters Student at Edinburgh University; and Emily Sullivan, FP2030.
The ECHO Trial: Two Years Later
The results of the ECHO Study (Evidence for Contraceptive Options in HIV Outcomes) were published in June 2019. The study found no substantial difference in risk of HIV infection among women using one of three contraceptive methods (and all methods were found to be safe and effective), but it did show young women still had a high incidence of HIV acquisition, even in a trial setting where women had high quality counseling. This was a clear call to action for the HIV and family planning communities to come together and better integrate their services.
We are young people living with HIV from 11 African countries who make up the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Committee of African Youth Advisors (CAYA).
Two Years Later, And Still So Far To Go Toward Meaningful Integration
The results of the ECHO Trial elevated a long-standing call for the integration of services for HIV, STIs, and pregnancy prevention that works for adolescents and young people and upholds their right to comprehensive health care.
Pride, Power, and Family Planning: Siloed Healthcare Can’t Address The Needs of Whole Individuals
For too long, family planning has been siloed as a “women’s issue.” Family planning is for everyone, whether or not they want to have children, however they identify, and whoever they love. You can’t achieve good health and well being for all – SDG 3 – while segmenting populations, and if the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we are all deeply interconnected. We aren’t safe individually until we all are. Similarly, if the most excluded and stigmatized people in your community can’t use the family planning services you’ve created, you won’t reach your family planning goals.
New Resource: Measuring Progress on Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents and Youth
To meet its goals, FP2030 partners must promote and protect the rights of adolescents and youth to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception. Strong commitments that prioritize adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights send a clear message about the vital importance of prioritizing these populations. Measuring Progress on Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents and Youth aims to improve understanding of the adolescent and youth data and indicators, and help prioritize these communities in FP2030 commitments.
Building FP2030: Updates on the Next Phase of the Partnership
Come join our team! FP2030 is currently seeking a Communications Coordinator. Find out the latest on the FP2020 – FP2030 transition on the Building FP2030 page.
We’re also excited to announce the Performance Monitoring and Evidence Working Group (PME WG) membership application is now live. The PME WG is a platform for collaboration and discussion that brings together the foremost leaders, thinkers, and practitioners in family planning measurement. It plays a critical role in the success of FP2030.
The membership application will close on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:59pm ET / 3:59am GMT. If you are interested in applying or if you know colleagues that might be interested, click here. Applicants will be notified of a decision via email in early September 2021.
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