ARROW Annual Report 2015: Rallying for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Posted by Kimberley Meijers on August 15, 2016 at 10:10 am

What did ARROW, partners and supporters do in 2015?

We are proud to present our annual report that captures our work across the Global South on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and
intersecting issues.

The past year was a critical one for the NGO community, marking the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the beginning of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (previously called post-2015 agenda). It was crucial that sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) be recognised as a critical part of this new agenda, and that voices from our region and the global South be heard in mainly New York-based negotiations. We were proud to stand up again and again for SRHR, having been selected to speak in six of the eight intergovernmental sessions for post-2015 and at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September, amongst other venues. There were successes though gaps remain in the agreed 2030 Agenda, but we will endeavour to monitor and ensure that implementation will be to the highest aspirations and standards.

With partners and supporters, we have achieved a lot in 2015: from strengthening partners’ capacities to advocate and use social media for universal access to SRHR, to developing rights-based SRHR indicators and SRHR database covering 50 countries and distributing 47,747 copies of cutting-edge resources in 114 countries globally. From incorporating adolescent sexual and reproductive health in school curricula in high school committees in Bangladesh and community women demanding for quality abortion services in Nepal, to documenting deaths and morbidities at a sterilization camp and filing a case on this with the National Human Rights Commission in India. We also collaborated with other social movements working on diverse issues—such as climate change, disability, labour, religious extremisms and fundamentalisms, and right to food and nutrition—for better understanding on how these intersect and impact SRHR

We are proud, yet humbled, to partner with some of the most incredible hands-on SRHR champions on the ground—both from the NGO and donor communities, and a passionate group of women, men, and young people across Asia Pacific and the Global South who are our touchstones. Through them, we are reassured that the work we do is much needed for the majority of people who remain at the periphery of development. Some of the stories of these SRHR champions are featured in this annual report.

Thank you for your commitment and support in our joint quest for an equal, just, and equitable world that enables all women and young people to be equal citizens in all aspects of their lives, and that protects and advances their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Happy reading!

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