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AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS NETWORK TO PROMOTE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. EuroNGOs 2010 Conference 9 November, 2010, London Presented by Joan Koomson African Women’s Development Fund. Why am I here?. To achieve better policies through more strategic South-South collaboration

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African women leaders network to promote reproductive health

AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS NETWORKTO PROMOTE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

EuroNGOs 2010 Conference

9November, 2010, London

Presented by

Joan Koomson

African Women’s Development Fund


Why am i here
Why am I here?

  • To achieve better policies through more strategic South-South collaboration

  • To maximize the advocacy and inputs of African women

  • To share details of a new advocacy network—led by AWDF and IPPFAR, and facilitated in large part by Advance Family Planning


Mandate of the african women leaders network
Mandate of the African women leaders network

To build upon African women’s power of collective voice

by enhancing their capabilities—through increased visibility and technical support—to promote local ownership of family planning and reproductive health.


Current status
CurRent status

  • July, 2010 launch in conjunction with the African Union Summit

  • October, 2010 strategy session to set priorities

  • Membership—35 high-profile women from different constituencies, working to promote family planning and reproductive health (Goal—50 members by 2012)

  • Co-facilitation by AWDF/IPPFAR


Current countries represented
CurRent countries represented

  • Burkina Faso

  • Burundi

  • Cameroun

  • Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC)

  • Ghana

  • Liberia

  • Kenya

  • Mali

  • Malawi

  • Nigeria

  • Senegal

  • Sierra Leone

  • South Africa

  • Swaziland

  • Tanzania

  • Uganda


African women leaders network objectives
African women leaders network objectives

  • Ensure inclusion of African women’s voices at the national, regional and international levels

  • Advocacy campaigns in at least 5 countries for the establishment of a dedicated family planning and sexual and reproductive health line in national budgets

  • Collaboration with other networks and civil society organizations to reposition family planning and comprehensive sexuality education in at least 5 countries

  • Persuade policymakers at all levels in at least 5 countries to adopt policies that support family planning and reproductive health and the Maputo Plan of Action


African women leaders network priorities
African women leaders network priorities

  • Make our governments prioritise these issues by making budgetary allocations for family planning.

  • Make FP/RH a campaign priority in upcoming elections across the region

  • Engage with public figures to publically ally themselves with family planning and reproductive health.

  • Evidence-based advocacy to demonstrate the unmet need and its cost to development.


Working with international advocates
Working with international advocates

  • Draw on Network efforts to ensure that international resources support African women ‘s efforts on FP/RH issues and the needs of this constituency.

  • See us as partners in advocacy planning and implementation, share evidence, link us with your work in Africa.

  • Alert the Network to advocacy opportunities—such as the G8 Summit and appointment of Michelle Bachelet to the UN Women’s Agency—and key decisionmakers.

  • Support Network members in engaging at all levels—including their possible inclusion on official delegations and advisory groups.


Contact us
Contact us

  • Yvette Kathurima, Network Coordinator

    Email : [email protected]

    Tel : +254 20 2720280

    Fax : +254 20 2726596

  • Joan Koomson, Programme Officer Donor Liaison, AWDF

    Email : [email protected]

    Tel: +233 302 521257

    Fax : +233 302 521257



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