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Through the @Hewlett_Found-supported project in West and Central Africa, we partner with @JVSAssociation in Bénin to create an enabling environment for youth access to #SRHR, including safe abortions.

Check out their "My Choice" twitter campaign! ⬇️

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ll spend the week highlighting programs that are contributing to a more gender equal world. Stay tuned for #InternationalWomensDay Spotlights!

How we're advancing #genderequality through #SRHR: ➡️http://bit.ly/GE-SRHR

Addressing fistula is key to advancing #SRHR.

Since 2005, EngenderHealth has supported over 45,000 fistula repairs thanks to @USAID. Learn about advancements in fistula care across Africa & Asia at our event on March 8: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

@fistulacare @USAIDGH #IWD2021

The @USAID-funded @fistulacare project takes a diverse approach to reducing barriers to fistula care. A key component of preventing fistula is expanding access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.

➡️Learn more: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

#IWD2021 @USAIDGH

EngenderHealth supports capacity building & GBV awareness creation at Arbaminch Hospital, an integrated care center for GBV screening, counseling, treatment, and legal aid in Ethiopia. We were honored to host state officials to learn about successes & challenges in this model.

Yesterday, you heard about fistula from the @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project. To learn about how we’ve worked with partners to prevent & treat fistula over 15 years, join @fistulacare & @usaidGH for “Towards a Fistula-Free Future” on March 8!

➡️http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Warmest congratulations to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new U.S. Ambassador to the @UN. We @UNFPA wish you every success and look forward to working with you to protect the health and advance the rights of women and girls around the world. @LindaT_G @USUN

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/us/politics/linda-thomas-greenfield-ambassador-united-nations.html

Also, mark your calendars for March 8, 2021! We are hosting a virtual event on #InternationalWomensDay entitled, “Towards a Fistula-Free Future: 15 Years of Breakthroughs and Program Impact.” Register today: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Thanks everyone! The FC+ website is a great place to start for more information and resources on fistula prevention and treatment, including research results, project reports, and stories from providers and clients. http://bit.ly/fistularesources https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364608432880443393

Obstetric fistula is a beacon of inequality, as it occurs where women are already living with limited resources and access to healthcare. Additionally, once fistula occurs, women often face significant stigma and isolation which can impact their social and economic wellbeing. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605591528886273

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Human Rights-Based Family Planning

Checkpoints for Choice: An Orientation and Resource Package
Checkpoints for Choice: An Orientation and Resource Package offers practical guidance on how to enable stakeholders involved in FP programs to examine issues of full, free, and informed choice and to keep the needs and preferences of clients central to their operations.  The package consists of a detailed plan with all support materials for a one-day workshop to enable FP program planners and managers to strengthen the focus of FP programs on clients’ human rights and contraceptive choices in the context of a rights-based program. Package content explains key concepts related to contraceptive choice, helps participants consider characteristics of contraceptive methods that matter to women, examines the full spectrum of challenges that affect whether they get what they want from FP programs, and highlights program strengths that should be continued and expanded. Checkpoints also identifies factors and warning signs that managers can track to assess whether full, free, and informed choice may be compromised and explores steps that can be taken to foster individual and program accountability for ensuring contraceptive choice within the FP program. In addition to the workshop guidance and materials, the package includes links to recommended references, tools, and additional reading.
Available for download in English (PDF, 1.2MB) and French (PDF, 2.4MB).
Also available: Checkpoints for Choice PowerPoint Slides for all sessions, in English (PPTX, 1.8MB) and French (PPTX, 1.8MB).

Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Conceptual Framework 
Scaling up access to family planning services over the next decade to reach national and global goals will take the combined efforts of governments; donors; and family planning, human rights, and women’s health advocates. This paper presents a practical approach for realizing human rights as part of voluntary, high-quality family planning programming. The framework provides a pathway for voluntary family planning programs to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights as they set out to improve health and achieve ambitious family planning goals. This comprehensive framework brings together human rights laws and principles with FP quality of care frameworks to assist policymakers, program managers, donors, and civil society with program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. This is the first framework to operationalize rights principles and approaches within FP programming, strongly linking issues of quality of care with human rights.

Available for download as a PDF in English (4.2 MB), French (3.5 MB), Hindi (4.0 MB) and Spanish (4.3 MB).
Summary brief available for download as a PDF (1.19MB).

Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: Conceptual Framework User’s Guide
The Conceptual Framework Users’ Guide was prepared to orient stakeholders on the voluntary, rights-based family planning conceptual framework and assist them with (1) applying it during assessments and action planning related to strengthening human rights in family planning (FP) programs and (2) using it to monitor, evaluate, and hold programs accountable. The User’s Guide is intended for a range of stakeholders interested in promoting and providing voluntary, rights-based family planning, including policymakers, program managers, providers, rights advocates, civil society organizations, donors, implementing organizations, and researchers. Facilitators can use the guide to conduct an orientation on the framework and lead an assessment and planning process.
Available for download as a PDF (2.9 MB).

Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Systematic Review of Tools 
As a supporting document to the Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Conceptual Framework, this publication compiles and synthesizes training and assessment tools, frameworks, methodologies, implementation guides, and job aids that support and promote the fulfillment of rights at the policy, service, community, and/or individual levels. Prior to this work, no systematic review of tools related to human rights and FP existed. Of the 150 documents reviewed, 29 percent focus explicitly on human rights or reproductive rights, though reference to rights were often implicit in many of the tools reviewed. Although more than three-quarters of the tools reviewed had an FP program focus and were not explicitly designed to protect and fulfill rights, they contained elements that support rights at all levels of action described in the conceptual framework.

Available for download as a PDF (4.05MB).

Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Systematic Review of Evidence
As a supporting document to the Voluntary Family Planning Programs that Respect, Protect and Fulfill Human Rights: A Conceptual Framework, this publication focuses on relevant interventions, evaluations, and case studies to engender a better understanding of what elements are needed for a successful voluntary, rights-based FP program. Prior to this work, no systematic review of rights-based FP existed. This report synthesizes the findings from a literature review encompassing more than 290 documents to help identify key actions or factors for FP programs to consider. It not only provides a review of the current evidence available related to rights-based approaches in FP, but also highlights the research gaps surrounding rights-based outcomes.

Available for download as a PDF (47.17MB).

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