• Multiple campaigns share experiences on gender justice programming

      Nairobi, KENYA, 30 November 2018 (F2A) – Atleast five ongoing initiatives shared a single forum to showcase their achievements in advocating for gender justice across Africa. The initiatives mostly run by faith-based organisations included Side by Side…


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    ICFP Pre-conference: Faith leaders takeaways on FP advocacy

    Kigali, RWANDA, 10 November 2018 (F2A) – Prior to the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), leaders of diverse faith groups gathered to exchange tools and skills used for advocacy with institutions and governments. The…


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  • Norm entrepreneurs – faith actors’ role in family planning. A panel discussion at ICFP 2018

    Kigali, RWANDA – 13 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – As “norm entrepreneurs” faith actors are well-suited to leading the change of social norms in family planning. Faith to Action Network hosted a discussion panel at ICFP 2018, describing recent norm changes in different faith communities. The Council of African Provinces of Africa resolved to promote family planning coupled with practical actions in universities and dioceses. Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims has changed its interpretation of child spacing in Islam and has renewed its theological and scholarly ties with Al Azhar University-Cairo. Using its Faith for Life model, Christian Aid has enabled local faith groups to embrace maternal and child health and family planning in Isiolo and Narok counties, Kenya. In turn, Tearfund and Église du Christ au Congo champion positive masculinities, denounce intimate partner violence and promote family planning with institutionalization in mind. Norm changes in family planning: the abstracts and presentations The World Bank suggests that ‘fertility transitions may be better viewed as a norm-driven process than as the aggregate outcome of autonomous decisions’ (2015 World Development Report). Social norms are people’s shared expectations and beliefs on how people should behave (ODI 2015). In particular, religious beliefs often affect individuals’ behaviours which impact health, including age at marriage, family structure and roles and preventive health practices like strategies couples use to achieve their preferred family size. Furthermore, misinterpretation of religious teachings fosters harmful practices including child marriage and female genital mutilation. As “norm entrepreneurs” faith actors are well-suited to leading the change of social norms in family planning. Passionate individuals, who are well connected or highly central to a faith organization, or who have high status can play a key role in catalysing normative change in family planning. In this panel, four norm entrepreneurs will describe processes of normative change they are promoting. The panel described main milestones, lessons and results and provided an outlook on future developments. The presented cases are powerful examples promoting normative change in family planning from within faith organizations. Faith to Action Network encourages and supports such organizational transformations at all levels so that these interventions are applied widely. Family planning needs to be integrated into theology and pastoral care, institutional policies and practice, faith-run schools, universities and health facilities. Exposure to these new ideas and practices on family planning need to be discussed through formal and informal channels, including through places of worship and media. Abstracts Presentations Prof Ahmed Ragab: On breastfeeding and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies https://youtu.be/elXyjSRrTrwCanon Kaiso: How the Anglican Church in Africa will promote family planninghttps://youtu.be/HgPKyB5yPsAArchbishop Marete: Call to action to prevent teenage pregnancieshttps://youtu.be/32ql0QTlvnMCanon Kaiso: Why I promote family planning, health and wellbeinghttps://youtu.be/86O7hoyLFW4Prof Ragab: Contraceptives save liveshttps://youtu.be/wYEwFiE8H3YCharles Opiyo: From commitment to practicehttps://youtu.be/9fiQLyUjPFECharles Opiyo: Leveraging faith structureshttps://youtu.be/tslqvqlzIWI


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  • Boot camp spurs faith actors’ engagement in policy making

    Nairobi, KENYA, 05 JUNE 2018 (F2A) – Faith actors across Africa have mapped out a series of policy making processes to participate in going forward. The processes are contained in action plans developed during a recently held…


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    UN News features faith contributions to development efforts

    New York, USA, 25 JULY 2018 (F2A & UN News) – Contributions of the faith community to development efforts have been highlighted by the news agency of the United Nations. The two featured pieces, recorded in…


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  • Eliminate tension between state and civil society, say faith leaders

    Accra, GHANA, 05 OCTOBER 2018 (F2A) – Tension between public sector and civil society has been identified as a key limitation to advocacy efforts. This has slowed down progress on legal and policy reforms on the African continent….


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  • Champions perfect writing for policy communications

    Nairobi, KENYA, 7 AUGUST 2018 (F2A) – Policy champions based in Nairobi have perfected the art of using policy briefs to communicate with policy makers. As a result, these champions are now best placed to advocate for…


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  • Church in Egypt gears up to address domestic violence

    Cairo, EGYPT, 26 – 27 September 2018 (F2A) – Leaders of various churches in Egypt have freshly resolved to address domestic violence in communities of existence. Led by Ibrahimia Media Center in cooperation with Dr. Anne Coline…


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  • Anglican youth leaders set to tackle GBV and religious extremism in communities

    Nairobi, KENYA, 14 APRIL 2018 (F2A) – Young people have repositioned themselves to engage in processes that tackle gender-based violence and religious extremism. The commitments are part of resolutions made by youth leaders from 13 Anglican Provinces across Africa, during the recently concluded Youth…


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  • ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Welcomes Right by Her Report

    Brussels, BELGIUM, 11 OCTOBER 2018 (F2A) – The Social Affairs and Environment Committee of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has praised a newly released report on the state of women rights implementation in Africa. The report lays credence to the actions taken by faith…


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