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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 ICPD and all its reviews, including the commitment to agreed language on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all.

Speaking during the ongoing 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD52), Reverend Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, Director of the department of Theology, Family Life and Gender Justice at the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), asked governments “to engage in dialogues that move away from polarisation and towards collaboration, and to ensure adequate resources to achieve the Programme of Action.”

Rev Dr Mwaniki was giving an oral statement during the general debate at the ongoing #CPD52 on behalf of ACT Alliance, Faith to Action Network and the AACC. The full statement she read on behalf of faith-based actors is below:


Respected Chair, your Excellencies, thank you for this opportunity to express the views of a wide coalition of faith voices, which I am representing, including:

– ACT Alliance, a coalition of 152 Protestant and Orthodox churches and faith-based organizations working together.

-Faith to Action Network, a global interfaith network of more than 100 Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Hindu and Muslim faith organisations. Together we work in over 120 countries.

We, as faith actors, support the Programme of the International Conference on Population and Development and the outcomes of its reviews, including the outcomes of the regional review conferences and commitments.

Based on our extensive experiences as faith-based actors, our recommendations to Member States are:

1)  The recognition of human dignity is fundamental to faith and religious traditions, and crucial in the pursuit of human rights. Human rights and religion are often presented at the UN spaces to be in opposition of each other, but for us, they share core values of dignity, justice, compassion and love. We urge member states to act out of those values and to “leave no-one behind”.

2) We work with those facing many vulnerabilities, including having no or little access to sexual and reproductive health, and we see that this lack of access means that women and girls are dying unnecessarily. We urge member states not to regress on previous commitments on ICPD and all its reviews, including the commitment to agreed language on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights for all. We also urge member states not leave behind men and boys, as they too must play a critical role in promoting gender equality.

3) We urge governments to stand up for the integrity of the UN system, the community and multi-lateral-ism that the UN stands for, to engage in dialogues that move away from polarisation and towards collaboration, and to ensure adequate resources to achieve the Programme of Action.

It is in our interest and our moral responsibility that the Programme of Action is implemented, as it is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda, and fulfills our commitment that no one is ‘left behind’.

Thank you!


#END OF ORAL STATEMENT


State of African Women: Right by Her Report

KENYA, Mombasa, March-11, 2018 - Whilst there are already comprehensive mechanisms in place that document the current status of ratification and domestication of the Maputo Protocol and the Maputo Plan of Action, few explore the pathways through which rights are operationalized in practice through laws, policies, administration, budgets and programs. Apart from a few well known cases, little is known about how Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), including Faith-based organizations (FBOs), influence these pathways and the challenges they face in mediating between duty bearers and rights holders.

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Statement By Faith and Cultural Leaders to the 1st EAC Round Table on Investing in Health

Kampala, Uganda (21 February 2018) - We, the faith and cultural leaders from the EAC Partner States,under the auspices of Faith to Action Network, have joined the EAC Heads of State Summit on Investment in Health of 2018 to deliberate on the major public health transformations fueled by changing human-animal environmental interactions, population dynamics and socio-economic development.

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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.

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Religious Leaders Support Access to Family Planning

Religious leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist constituents have come together to express their support to the London Summit on Family Planning, an event hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Government on the occasion of the World Population Day, July 11th.
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Interfaith Declaration to Improve Family Health and Well-Being

Interfaith consensus statement in support of family planning and reproductive health…signed in Nairobi, Kenya, 2011.
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