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    Full statement by faith actors at ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit

    Nairobi, KENYA; 13 November 2019 (F2A) – Below is the full statement presented by Faith actors during the Nairobi Summit on ICPD+25. STATEMENT OF COMMITMENTS OF FAITH ACTORS ATTENDING NAIROBI SUMMIT ON ICPD25 Your Excellencies, delegates and participants; We, representatives of Hindu,…


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  • Rev Dr Mwaniki reads faith statement at ICPD25 Nairobi Summit

    ICPD+25: faith actors pledge to address three zeros

    Nairobi, KENYA; 14 November 2019 – Development stakeholders in the faith sector have renewed commitments to work with governments and other partners to eliminate maternal deaths and gender-based violence…


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  • Kenya’s cabinet approves policy for youth development

    Nairobi, KENYA; 21 November 2019 (F2A) – A meeting of Kenya’s Cabinet Secretaries has approved a new policy to guide government and stakeholders in implementing programs for youth development in the country. Known as the Kenya Youth Development Policy…


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  • 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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