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Facilitator’s guide: Working on SRHR in times of opposition

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Facilitator’s guide: Working on SRHR in times of opposition

SRHR and gender equality are under increasing pressure worldwide. Ideologies on the autonomy and rights of girls, women and LGBTQI+ people are more and more polarised and there is a persistent denial of young people’s SRHR needs, realities and rights.

At the same time, opposition groups are increasingly well funded, well organised, and effective in getting across their anti-rights messages to a wider public as well as to policy and decision-makers. This situation demands a strategic response.

Rutgers offers a tool for developing such a strategic response: Working on SRHR in times of opposition

It is designed to facilitate a discussion around opposition during a workshop or meeting. Its guidance can help to deepen the understanding of opposition in a context-specific manner. It encourages the sharing of experience and learning on effective strategies, and support joint application of these strategies in order to prevent or limit the influence of opposition on reaching SRHR-related goals.

The sessions and information included in the guide are based on the results of several learning meetings organised by Rutgers in the Get Up Speak Out and Right Here Right Now programme. These learning meetings included representatives from civil society organisations from six countries in Africa and Asia.