Family Planning, International Policies

A Starting Point for Rights-Based Family Planning

Human rights and reproductive rights are well-known core principles of family planning programs. But implementing these principles into practice is another story entirely. And that’s the story tackled in the latest issue of 2020Vision, PAI’s new series featuring global family planning policy insight and analysis.

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First, there’s a lack of global consensus on the key elements necessary for any program to be considered rights-based. Existing guidance documents are overwhelming, and often characterized by an extensive list of recommendations. Can 24 recommendations spread over 10 categories realistically be tackled at once? (Do just looking at those numbers make you want to give up?)

This is not to say that all these recommendations are not important. But without some attempt at prioritization, countries may simply decide never to begin addressing rights. Striving to comprehensively document every rights-based input, activity and approach may not only be counter-productive but also overwhelm countries with competing priorities.

We need a clear starting point.

Read the rest of the analysis in 2020Vision.

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