• FP2020 publishes brief on faith and family planning

    Nairobi, Kenya, 4 November 2019 (F2A) – Faith and family planning interact in complex ways at personal, community, civil society, and governmental levels. Better understanding of this by all stakeholders will allow secular actors, faith…


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  • Faith to Action Network at Inspire conference: Debating Religion and SRHR – What does successful leadership look like?

    Athens, GREECE, 2 October 2019 (F2A) – Religion, religious communities, leaders and institutions present both resources and obstacles to the full attainment of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all and for women, youth…


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  • Southern African Theologians Develop Policy Briefs to address Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 September 2019 (F2A) – Meeting recently in Johannesburg when the issue of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is under the spotlight in South Africa, theologians from different countries in the Southern Africa…


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  • Increase collaboration, reject polarization, faith-based actors say at #CPD52

    New York, USA, 04 April 2019 (F2A) – The All Africa Conference of Churches has led other religious coordinating bodies in  urging Member States of the United Nations not to regress on previous commitments on…


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  • OAIC Kenya to address challenges of youth sexuality

    Nairobi, KENYA, 14 March 2019 (F2A) – The Executive Committee of the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) Kenya Chapter has agreed to search for solutions to the problems that hinder young people from accessing education. Bishop James Onyango,…


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  • Taskforce formed to support faith inputs in national school curriculum

    Nairobi, KENYA, 13 March 2019 (F2A) – An 11-member taskforce has been formed by representatives of the religious coordinating bodies in Kenya to support in providing inputs into the country’s school education curriculum. Members of the taskforce were nominated…


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  • Peter Nyakwara at F2A

    Youth Development Policy is overdue, say Kenya’s faith leaders

    Nairobi, KENYA, 25 February 2019 (F2A) – Leaders of various faith-inspired institutions in Kenya have called on development stakeholders to support the proposed youth development policy. Led by the chairperson of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya…


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  • Faith groups’ roles in family planning acknowledged by media reports.

    News reports of ICFP 2018 acknowledged faith organizations’ roles in advocating for family planning budgets, policies and services taking example on Bureau Diocesain des Oeuvres Medicales in DRC, as well as Faith to Action Network members, Mityana…


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  • Straight Talk on Family Planning and Religion at ICFP 2018

    Kigali, RWANDA – 12 NOVEMBER 2018 (CCIH) – Faith-based organizations have provided family planning services as part of basic healthcare for decades. People of faith value healthy families and understand that healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies is good for mothers, children and the entire family. Why does there still seem to be a disconnect in the minds of many between religion and family planning? How does the faith community talk about family planning in a way that overcomes negative misperceptions? And how can we partner with the faith community to educate and deliver family planning services? Moderator Yoram Siame of the Churches Health Association of Zambia has led this discussion with Bicbic Chua, Executive Director of the Catholics for Reproductive Health, and Mohammed Bun Bida, Director of Muslim Family Counselling Services. The discussion was organized in collaboration with Christian Connections for International Health. https://youtu.be/R2xDnrnTAAA


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  • Faith Leaders’ Commitments on Family Planning at ICFP 2018 Closing Ceremony

    Kigali, RWANDA – 15 NOVEMBER 2018 (F2A) – At the fifth International Conference on Family Planning, faith leaders developed a commitment statement. As a statement of support and lessons learned, it was presented in the closing plenary session by Reverend Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, Director, Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice, All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), and Sheikh Musa Sindayigaya, Rwanda Interfaith Council for Health. The statement is below followed by a French translation. Commitment Statement of the faith community We, the faith community recognize that life is a gift from God and is sacred. It ought not to be taken away by preventable causes resulting from lack of information, support and care. We are mindful of those who have lost their lives while giving life and the challenges along the path of providing family planning to our communities. We are thankful for health services that reach people in need and increase availability of low cost services offered by faith facilities; we cherish religious leaders who openly support access to sexual and reproductive health services; for increasing collaboration between governments and faith communities in providing quality and accessible services. We acknowledge that increased uptake in family planning has reduced maternal mortality and child mortality; we commend the youth that are in school and those that are contributing to vibrant economies in their countries. The faith community has learned 3 main lessons from ICFP 2018: We have learned about the power and success of faith-based organizations and religious leaders in contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with other stakeholders. We have learned of the many opportunities that exist in achieving greater access to and uptake of family planning and look forward to the ways the faith community can continue to shape the family planning agenda, until and after 2020. We have acquired skills and knowledge that will help accelerate the faith communities’ actions at national, regional, and community levels. The faith community provides enormous opportunities for progress in family planning and we make the following three commitments. We commit to continuing to provide and support quality family planning education, service delivery, and referrals to all communities. We commit to advocate, sensitize, mobilize and partner with governments, traditional and other religious leaders, and stakeholders to enact policies that address lack of access to services due to distances, cost, lack of trained personnel, and insecurity. We commit to advocate for religious leaders to address the unique issues that affect our youth in family planning. We have been encouraged again that we can gather many faiths together and agree on a common agenda while maintaining the integrity of our faith in serving others. We ask other delegates to commit to engaging with us and we commit to engaging with you. Thank you for this opportunity to share our commitments with you, as we all work to ensure all our communities survive and thrive. La Déclaration de la Communauté Religieuse (French Translation)      


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