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Toward Prosperity: The Role of Women and Men in Building a Flourishing World Civilization

The Baha’i Community has made significant contributions on the global arena’s process of empowering women and creating a world of equality between the genders. The community issued a powerful statement as a follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women and to the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first century”.

The statement affirmed a spiritual truth where women and men are equal, but acknowledged that this truth has been suppressed throughout history. It underscores the importance of the family as a crucial social environment within which formative education takes place and calls on societies not to exclude women from meaningful participation in work should they decide to dedicate a focused period of their lives to the rearing of children.


Advancing sexual reproductive health and rights through faith-based approaches: A mapping study

Faith to Action Network Secretariat with the support from the ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands conducted a study (Mixed methods design; with a follow-up qualitative phase after the quantitative study) to generate evidence on FBOs involvement in SRHR advocacy, policy influencing and programming. The findings of this mapping highlight on great opportunities but also barriers faith-based organizations face working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. These findings are intended to leverage existing strengths and mitigate challenges to deliver family health and wellbeing.

Faith at ICFP 2016

For the first time ever a Faith Pre-conference will precede the International Conference on Family Planning, held January 25th-28th 2016 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. On January 24th-25th, faith leaders and representatives of faith-based organizations from many nations will meet to discuss best practices in faith-based involvement in family planning and how faith communities can advocate for increased support from their governments for lifesaving family planning services.


Faith to Action Project Evaluation Report

Faith to Action Network towards the end of the October last year, successfully completed the 3.5 years Faith to Action Project, that had been implemented by the Network secretariat commissioned by consortia partners- (DSW) Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung; Consortium partners; Cordaid – Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid; ACRL-RfP – African Council for Religious Leaders-Religions for Peace; Al-Azhar University, International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research; CCIH – Christian Connections for International Health; and MFC – Muslim Family Counseling Services - as a result of the Interfaith Declaration 2011 and whose secretariat had been hosted by the DSW in Kenya and supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In order to evaluate the extent to which the Network’s interventions had impacted policy and advocacy result besides quantitative increase of engagement in policymaking and advocacy and as part of our continued efforts to ensure accountability towards all stakeholders and commitment, to improving results, the secretariat commissioned an External Evaluation (The Coalition Factory) in August 2016 to evaluate the project according to OECD DAC evaluation criteria, provide valuable learning opportunities, good practice and recommendations to inform the existing and future projects. The evaluation revealed that Faith to Action project had generated progress towards better provision of SRHR information for young people in the intervention areas of the project as well as strong engagement of youth in peer education. Please read the full report here.


Guide on Family Planning Advocacy through Faith Leaders

CCIH has released a collection of resources to help faith-based organizations advocate for family planning with the engagement of religious leaders. In cooperation with the Christian Health Associatiion of Kenya, the Churches Health Association of Zambia and the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network, CCIH developed a step-by-step guide to help organizations train religious leaders to advocate for family planning with their communities, governments and the media. The guide is available in English and French. The collection of resources and the guide can be found.

Religion and family planning in muslim contexts

The produced by Berkley Center in Georgetown University focuses on a series of short narratives about family planning programs in six very different Muslim majority countries: Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Morocco, and Senegal. They were selected to reflect a range of different circumstances and because there was an identifiable effort by government and other leaders to engage religious communities in each case."

Women, Faith and Human Rights

This is an overview of honest and critical thinking, by women and men of faith, and human rights actors, on the relationship between human rights and their respective faith traditions. Convened by UNFPA over a number of years, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and under the auspices of the Church of Sweden, these authors straddle the worlds of religious leadership and faith service, while also powerfully advocating for gender equality and human rights.

This publication provides a glimpse into the arguments made by these contributors, who are from different countries and diverse faiths. Their views are described in language that seamlessly combines the principles of human rights with religious norms and interpretations. How they articulate the connection between faith and human rights proves to be both enlightening and thought provoking.

Realizing the Faith Dividend: Religion, Gender, Peace and Security in Agenda 2030

This report focuses on the role of religious actors, and religious considerations in the SDG agenda, particularly as they pertain to gender equality, peaceful coexistence and security considerations. The perspectives, ideas and initiatives discussed in these pages bring together experiences and policy analysis shared from the different realities of Donors, UN agencies and Faith-Based NGOs. The narratives build on and inform policies - required at a time when religion is predominantly viewed as an emerging challenge.

Strategic Communication for Behaviour and Social Change in South Asia

This working paper presents a synthesis of the latest experiences in applying various communication approaches ranging from mass communication and entertainment education, interpersonal communication, participatory development communication, advocacy and social mobilisation that have been used in South Asia and elsewhere.

Repositioning family planning: Guidelines for advocacy action

This toolkit aims to help those working in family planning across Africa to effectively advocate for renewed emphasis on family planning to enhance the visibility, availability, and quality of family planning services for increased contraceptive use and healthy timing and spacing of births, ultimately, improved quality of life across the region.

Communications for Social Good

Examines foundation opportunities and techniques to leverage social change goals through the use of communications media. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project.

A Reporter’s Guide to Maternal Health

This reporter’s guide, published by Solutions Journalism Network and the Pulitzer Center, introduces journalists to potential solutions-oriented angles to maternal health stories.

Planning behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions: a practical handbook

This handbook clarifies the concepts of behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions in the context of UNFPA programmes. Then followed by a brief presentation of some of the most common theoretical frameworks that serve to help gain an understanding of the processes that can influence health-related behaviours and a step-by-step guide on following a process or chain of events to plan, design, execute, monitor and evaluate BCC interventions.

Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide

This guide is an evaluation strategy tool. It will be useful for those who already have a communication plan in place with clear objectives, messages, strategies and tactics. The guide walks users through a nine-step process for creating plans for monitoring and measuring their communications.

Barriers to Family Planning Use in Malawi: Opportunities for Social and Behavior Change Communication

The study was conducted to generate evidence to inform the development of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and the uptake of modern FP methods in Malawi. The study findings highlight that while progress in FP knowledge and use has been made in study communities, there are several opportunities for SBCC interventions and other FP programs to improve FP acceptance and use.

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