Rutgers is Investing for a lifetime of Returns at the International Conference for Family Planning in Rwanda

November 12 to 15, Rutgers will lead a number of key activities the 5th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), which takes place in Kigali, Rwanda. This year’s conference is focused on the theme, Investing for a Lifetime of Returns, which draws upon sustainable strategies to reach the goal of enabling an additional 120 million women to access voluntary, quality contraception by 2020.

The ICFP serves as a strategic reflection moment for the family planning and reproductive health community worldwide. At this year’s conference, Rutgers will highlight the importance of involving young people and working on sustainable and equal progress in SRHR.

By featuring one of its flagship programmes, Get Up, Speak Out (Booth 90/91), Rutgers will demonstrate the lived impact of involving and empowering young people to speak out about their SRHR and through the success of its 7 country alliance partners. A range of mini-events and activities will be organised in the booth throughout the conference period. The conference starts Monday, however, Sunday Rutgers co-hosts the pre-event Gender Transformative Programming: debating critical reflections on gender transformative programming for adolescents, followed by a debate and reception. On Tuesday morning the launch of Rutgers’ Gender Transformative Toolkit will take place, a new resource to help professionals implement an evidence-based way of working in existing programmes to improve SRHR and ultimately end gender-based violence.

Marieke Ridder, Manager International Programmes, reiterates the key role that Rutgers, as a leading global NGO, plays in advancing the SRHR of young people across the world: “We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase the global impact of our international programmes, and the unique interlinkage of implementation, research and advocacy that characterises our approach.’’

The conference’s location in Rwanda will no doubt be a leading topic of comparison and conversation during the week, the textbook case of how fast positive changes can be integrated in societies. The African country is often seen as the poster-child of gender equality and is one of the family planning success stories of recent history.

Overall, the ICFP 2018 promises to be an opportunity for political leaders, scientists, researchers, policymakers, NGOs, advocates, and young people to disseminate knowledge and to progress towards reaching the 2020 goal. An opportunity that Rutgers, for one, will not be missing as it highlights its youth-centred and sustainable approach in the advancement of SRHR across the globe, and by showcasing some of its recent and most important work throughout the conference week.