From July 21 to July 27, Rutgers attended the 22nd International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam. We've led multiple side events on linking the HIV response to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Our Aids2018 experiences were collected in a live-blog, which resulted in an interesting recap of world's largest conference on any global health or development issue.
Part of the Right Here Right Now strategic partnership, is that representatives of country platforms attend high-level, international events to advocate for better sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Solange Mbaye, the National Coordinator of the RHRN platform in Senegal, took part in the United Nation’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York. This event aims to follow up on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and Solange was able to accompany the official Senegalese delegation to many side events.
Today is a day to draw global attention to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), which is our expertise! With 50 years of experience Rutgers is a leader in this field. Our researcher, Miranda van Reeuwijk explains the impact of our unique approach of combining research, advocacy and interventions - nationally and internationally.
In 2017, #MeToo shed light on gender-based violence (GBV) across the world. In the Prevention+ programme, Rutgers, together with partners Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice, work on preventing GBV by engaging men and boys. A year after #MeToo, Global Programme Manager, Ruth van Zorge reflects on how the movement has underlined the importance of this work and what the next steps should be.
The International Conference on Family Planning 2018 takes place from November 12 to November 15 in Kigali, Rwanda. Rutgers is leading a number of side events at this conference. In this live blog we keep you up to date on all our activities.
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.
In September, a diverse group of change makers took part in the Rutgers Gender Transformative Approach (GTA) training, an intense 3-day gender transformative process. Rachel Ploem and Yuri Ulrichs provided the training course, which was the completion of a 2-year project, initiated by the Dutch Embassy in Bangladesh, aimed at reinforcing SRHR and creating a safe workplace without sexual harassment within NGOs, as part of EKN partnership.
Johnstone Kuya talks about his experience and challenges working as a National Coordinator in Kenya for the programme Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO), one of Rutgers’ key programmes. In this programme six alliance partners are collaborating in seven countries to improve young people’s sexual health and rights.
National coordinators (NC) from the Right Here Right Now strategic partnership have successfully completed a three-day course on leadership in Utrecht. Meaningful youth participation and youth leadership are core principles of the SRHR advocacy partnership, and with their new skills the national coordinators are now able to lead and manage their national platforms more effectively.
This week Rutgers took important steps in Ethiopia to realise ‘the dream’ as part of their She Makes Her Safe Choice Programme, committing to drastically reduce the number of unsafe abortions and funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund. As part of this ambitious dream, Rutgers has taken an innovative and courageous approach in the design and implementation of the programme.
“After taking part in the Gender Transformative Approach (GTA) Master Training series my way of thinking and working changed. Now, I automatically use a set of tools in my mind. I explore the harmful norms behind sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) situations. I view cases through human rights and intersectionality lenses, and I analyse all power dynamics that are involved. I feel that I gained a strong and clear position in regards to SRHR issues.”
The world is going through a critical period of increasing conservatism. There is a tendency to turn away from universal human rights, towards more dogmatic beliefs. The impact of this shift has disproportionate consequences for women, with limitations to their rights, the reinforcement of the male hierarchy and the marginalisation of sexual and gender diversity. Our international programme Prevention+ works with religious leaders to end gender-based violence (GBV).
On International Day of Happiness, Rutgers is pleased to share a new animated video, created through the Prevention+ programme, which promotes gender-equal societies without violence, as well as happier and healthier relationships.
In 1994 governments signed the historical ICPD Programme of Action. This agreement positioned human rights at the centre of sustainable development, and recognised reproductive rights as human rights. Now, exactly 25 years later, the Right Here Right Now strategic partnership has published a Shadow Report highlighting achievements and room for improvement.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 17 October 2018--The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often making them higher or lower than what most people desire, according to The State of World Population 2018, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.
After twelve and a half years, Technical Advisor on Gender and SRHR, Rachel Ploem, is leaving Rutgers. Throughout her time at the organisation, the combination of women’s rights and the positive engagement of men and boys was at the heart of her work, leading not only to shifts for the people she worked with, but also to Rutgers itself. Now, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and rising conservatism, she reflects.
This week the Prevention+ global partnership, committed to addressing the root causes of GBV, came together in Kigali for their annual ‘taking stock’ meeting. It was an opportunity to critically assess how far we have collectively come, and how far we still must go to help create a world without GBV and where healthy, respectful and equal relationships are the norm.
Women Deliver is the world's largest conference on gender equality and the rights, health and wellbeing of women and girls. From June 3rd to June 6th, the Women Deliver Global Conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada. Rutgers will lead a number of side events, as well as host a booth showcasing our advocacy, implementation and research work from across the globe.