RIGHTS, EMPOWERMENT & FAMILY PLANNING: Progress and Unfinished Business

Securing and upholding the rights of women and girls is a cornerstone of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) global partnership. Rights-based family planning is an approach to developing and implementing health programs that aims to fulfill the rights of all individuals to choose whether, when, and how many children to have; to act on those choices through high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, information, and education; and to access those services free from discrimination, coercion, and violence, working to ensure it is part of all sexual and reproductive health care programs. 

On September 24, 2020, FP2020 hosted a discussion on the progress of ensuring rights-based family planning with experts who have worked to ensure that family planning programs are centered on the needs of women and girls. The is the first in a series of discussions that will analyze the lessons of the FP2020 partnership and discuss how we can apply this analysis to the future partnership and in programming across the globe.

In the report Contributions of FP2020 in Advancing Rights-Based Family Planning, authors Sandra Jordan and Karen Hardee reflect on rights-based family planning within the FP2020 partnership, illustrating how rights-based family planning is measured, socialized, and integrated into work at a country and global level. Other speakers will include Poonam Muttreja of the Population Foundation of India, Halima Shariff, Director of Advance Family Planning Tanzania and Beth Schlachter, Executive Director of Family Planning 2020.