14 MARCH 2017 | ONLINE — A new series of videos to support The Lancet Maternal Health Series launched in 2016, is now available online. The videos feature women from India, Nigeria, and Sweden sharing their experiences of childbirth and bring to life many themes of the Series, including over-intervention, respect and dignity in maternity care, and barriers to accessing care. A total of eight videos will be released over the coming weeks.
8 MARCH 2017 | OTTAWA, CANADA — To mark International Women’s Day, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie—along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—today announced an investment of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Canada will promote gender equality and empower women and girls around the world by addressing the gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with the help of experienced global, local and Canadian partners.
3 MARCH 2017 | ONLINE — PMNCH on behalf of the Adolescent and Youth constituency (AYC) has launched a survey to help design a mentorship programme, targeted towards potential mentors and mentees. The programme was agreed by the constituency and PMNCH Board in 2016 as an opportunity for AYC members to be matched with mentors from other constituencies. This is an opportunity for the AYC to network, build and strengthen their skills and maximize their contribution to SRMNCAH and the SDGs.
Mapping the knowledge and understanding of menarche, menstrual hygiene and menstrual health among adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries
This paper maps the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and practices surrounding menarche, menstrual hygiene and menstrual health among adolescent girls in low and middle income countries in order to inform the future design of relevant policies and programming. The findings point to how powerful and widespread the stigma around menstruation still is and hinders girls’ abilities to carry out every day activities, weakens their self-esteem, and conditions poor health-care seeking.
‘She Decides’ rallies support from more than 45 countries and raises 181 million euros
More than 45 government representatives of all continents and 400 parliamentarians and civil society participants gathered in Brussels to express their support for women’s rights raising 181 million euros for the Global Fundraising Initiative ‘She Decides’. The Brussels’ conference focused on SRHR and in particular family planning, as the foundation for gender equality, women’s empowerment and economic development for both men and women, wherever and whoever they are.
Wanted: Inputs to a Global Financing Facility Civil Society Engagement Strategy
To enhance civil society engagement in the Global Financing Facility, a group of stakeholders have begun a process to develop a comprehensive Civil Society Engagement Strategy. CSOs are critical RMNCAH stakeholders with significant value, expertise, and skills to bring to the GFF which is why YOUR VIEW is important. The draft strategy, developed in partnership with the GFF Secretariat is now available for feedback until 13 March 2017.