At the London Family Planning Summit yesterday PSN’s Karen Newman moderated an event co-hosted by Marie Stopes International and the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health Network on rights-based approaches to health.
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In a world in which donors are increasingly oriented towards accountability and results-based financing it becomes ever more important to ensure that the results we define encompass fully informed choice from a range of sexual and reproductive health services that respect and protect rights.
This civil society side-event at the summit offered a bridge between the "rights based" and "results based" divide, and specifically looked at how and why rights are (i) fundamental in themselves and (ii) can help deliver the goals of the summit, namely 120m new users by 2020 within the context of a comprehensive vision of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Participants explored what "results-based" really means, and identified ways of ensuring that the extent to which services respect and protect rights are at the heart of measuring results. Critical issues, including gender and choice were discussed from a range of important perspectives, with speakers including global leaders from the sexual and reproductive health and rights donor, service provider and advocacy communities.
Following inputs from the panel speakers a lively civil society-driven moderated debate on these issues.
Welcome and introduction
Dana Hovig – CEO, Marie Stopes International
Panel of discussants:
Moderator: Karen Newman, Co-ordinator, Population and Sustainability Network.
Read about the UK SRHR's Network statement issued in advance of the summit, calling for it to exceed its ambitions.