Posted by Kimberley Meijers on February 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm
On 1 and 2 December 2016, the Academic Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy organised its first international conference in Gent. The ANSER conference on SRHR policy research has brought together many different experts from all over the world. The purpose of the conference was to present research results in the field of SRHR, discuss their implications for policy and link researchers with policy makers. Thematic sessions included: 1) adolescent SRHR, 2) abortion, contraception and family planning, 3) gender, rights and interpersonal violence, 4) SRHR monitoring and evaluation, and 5) maternal health. For more information on the programme, check the website: http://www.ugent.be/anser/en/news-events/events/2016_conferencesrhr
For a short visual impression of the conference, click here:
Professor Hazel Barrett (Conventry University): REPLACE is a new way beyond raising awareness combining community participation with behaviour change theories challenging the social norms supporting Female Genital Mutilation. Each FGM affected community is different (beliefs, enforce mechanism). The partners of the REPLACE project developed an index measuring ‘the community readiness to change’ to which the programmes can be adjusted based on the level of readiness. See more of Professor Hazel Barret and the REPLACE project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spj51nQrxpc
Chandra-Mouli Venkatraman (WHO): The contraceptive needs of adolescents worldwide are not met and adolescents are not reached: more than 50% of the adolescents (who want to postpone pregnancy) is not using an effective method of contraception. Adolescents are not able to obtain contraceptives as they are not available or out of stock or face restrictions by laws or policies, for example unmarried or disabled. In addition, adolescents are not always aware, cannot afford them or are unable to use them or use them inconsistently, and face the pressure to reproduce.
Sarah Casey (IAWG): presented the global evaluation that was done between 2012 and 2014 and looked into the available SRH services, what has been the progress the last 10 years, what are gaps and advocacy and funding. ODA for SRH conflict areas has increased 298% since 2002 but this was largely attributable to increased funding for HIV/AIDS activities, whereas ODA for other reproductive health services was very limited. Only 1.7% is earmarked for Family Planning, and abortion is absent. Read more about this evaluation: http://iawg.net/resource/iawg-global-evaluation-2012-2014/