This month, the FCI Program of MSH is featuring stories about fearless champions, powerful evidence, and advocacy wins from the Rights & Realities archive. Here is a recap of the fearless stories we shared on Twitter and Facebook February 1 -10.
“The fight is far from over.” Douentza, Mali opens a holistic care center for survivors of gender-based violence but calls for continued action.
Never give up. After years of advocacy, Kenya approved misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage, a leading cause of maternal death.
Follow the money. Bougouni district officials in Mali budgeted for family planning activities. The next step: fundraising!
Hold government accountable, especially during times of change! A budget expert and colleague reflects on budget accountability during the 2015 Burkina Faso revolution.
Share the evidence far and wide. A maternal death puts a newborn’s survival at risk and has lasting impacts on her surviving children, family and community.
Break the silence. We trained youth leaders in Mali to join protection teams that reach survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and help them find services.
Champion innovative, evidence-based solutions! Emergency contraception is the only contraceptive that can be taken after unprotected sex.
Look through a gender lens. As long as women and girls must continue to fight for equal voice and an equal share of opportunity and power, their lives and health will remain under threat. Health decision-makers and experts must examine and transform gender norms to achieve health equity for women and girls.
Make the case for midwives! When educated in international midwifery standards, they can provide 87% of the essential care women and newborns need!
Champion the champions! Our colleague, Melissa, tirelessly advocates for young people’s health and rights.