• Religious and cultural leaders add their voices to the “Leave No One Behind’ campaign

    Nairobi, Kenya, 4 November 2019 (F2A) – 19 community health volunteers, religious and cultural leaders from 9 Kenyan counties came together to participate in a social inclusion training which was convened and facilitated by Faith to Action…


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  • Changing perceptions and norms on family planning

    Nairobi, Kenya, 31 October 2019 (F2A) – Faith to Action Network recently launched a new project to increase more equitable and sustainable access to modern contraceptives in Kenya. The Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family…


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  • Awaken young people’s interest in EAC, faith leaders challenged

    Nairobi, KENYA, 27 March 2019 (F2A) –The East Africa Legislative Assembly’s Committee on General Purpose has challenged faith leaders to enlighten young people about opportunities that exist for social and economic development within the region. Honorable Abdikadir Aden,…


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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Faith Leaders Say Access to Information and Education Will Empower East African Youth

    Faith to Action Network partnered with PRB to offer Eastern African faith leaders, health workers and young people a voice. An all-new video and policy brief describe their support for policies enabling improved access to age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health information and education in Eastern Africa. The East African Community is home to 38 million youth between the ages of 15 and 24.  Youth have different health needs than adults and require health services that are friendly to these needs. Faith leaders play a vital role to youth in their communities, including sharing SRH information, and faith communities are united in their desire to support youth as the region’s next generation of leaders. Because of faith leaders’ work in local communities, they are intimately familiar with the challenges that youth face, such as girls losing out on education because of adolescent pregnancies and the health risks faced by these young mothers’ children. Leaders from different faiths recognize that their counseling for young people must include providing youth with SRH information and education that is appropriate and relevant to their age and development. Many of them support harmonization of policies on youth SRH in the region. Both the video and the factsheet call on decisionmakers to Engage with faith leaders, who can be effective SRH policy champions in their communities and a valuable resource to decisionmakers; to enact a new East African SRH bill to promote the health and wellbeing of East African youth and build human capital. Video: Faith Leaders Say Access to Information and Education Will Empower East African Youthhttps://youtu.be/aTFBeyGF0_0 Brief: Faith Leaders Say Access to Information and Education Will Empower East African Youth Video: Young people’s health challengeshttps://youtu.be/sNwu8qJS0VEVideo: Faith Leaders Are Champions For Youthhttps://youtu.be/l6npiIvyIIQVideo: Faith Leaders Can Be Partnershttps://youtu.be/ciqJnZIxApAVideo: Responding to young people’s needshttps://youtu.be/vqfwL5ZCpfg


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  • Conflict analysis and mediation: strengthening faith leaders’ capacity in Eastern Africa

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (6 October 2018) – Faith to Action Network facilitated sessions of a conflict analysis and mediation workshop hosted by the…


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  • Faith-based approach to tackling female genital mutilation in Kenya

    An indigenous church in West Pokot in Kenya is actively engaged in a variety of strategies to change community perceptions and practices towards ending the practice of female genital mutilation. With community guidelines…


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