The idea for the Platform and for a Coordinating Committee was discussed at a workshop organised in Brussels on 21-22 May. The participants in this workshop consisted of representatives from 11 SRHR networks (international, regional and youth) and from North-America (North-America doesn’t have a SRHR network). The list of networks is given below. During the workshop, participants discussed a common ask that can unite the SRHR community in the beyond 2014-2015 processes. The goal of this Platform became to ensure that SRHR is meaningfully included in the post 2015 development framework.
Since the workshop, a number of participants –most notably ARROW- have worked on further defining this goal and accompanying targets. However we noticed that the term ‘goal’ as well as the ‘targets’ was confusing, as some people understood that we were trying to add a Goal to the Millennium Development Goals, although none of us knows at this point what the new development framework will look like. We therefore changed the wording, and now talk about the ‘visionary goal’ or about ‘our common ask’.
The suggested wording for the visionary goal/ common ask is the following:
To strive for the realisation of Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
• Target 1: Achieve, by 2030, universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health
• Target 2: Achieve, by 2030, universal recognition of Sexual and Reproductive Rights
• Target 3: Achieve, by 2030, strengthened systems for Sexual and Reproductive Health Financing
We discussed the following wording to explain SRHR, in a very simple and concrete way:
SRHR are the rights of all people to make decisions regarding their own sexuality, without infringing on the rights of other people; to decide if, when and how many children to have; to have all the necessary information, means and services available to reach the best possible sexual and reproductive health; and to be free from coercion, stigma and discrimination.
If we as a community consistently promote this common agenda; if we all work together, our voices will be stronger!
Looking at all the different processes going on right now, related to the follow up of Rio, the ICPD review, the beyond 2015 consultations, and Beijing+20, we also realised the need to tailor the messages and the strategies around our common ask according to the need of every process. Therefore members of the Coordinating Committee have volunteered to work on three of the current beyond 2015 consultations (inequalities, health and education)-to share information on how civil society groups can get involved, to help coordinate participation of SRHR groups in online and in-person consultations, and to work collaboratively (perhaps in smaller working groups) to adapt the common ask for use in each process.
The representatives of the following 11 SRHR networks (international, regional and youth) and from North-America, which have joined forces in the Coordinating Committee and taken the initiative to set up the Civil Society Platform to Promote SRHR Beyond 2015 are:
· Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) for sexual and reproductive health and rights
· Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
· ASTRA - Central and Eastern European Women's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
· EuroNGOs - The European NGOs for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Population and Development
· Family Care International (FCI) – on behalf of North America
· International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
· International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) – on behalf of North America
· Reproductive Health Advocacy Network of Africa (RHANA)
· Women’s Global Network on Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
· Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN)
· The World Young Women Christian Association (WYWCA)
· Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR)
· We are in the process of identifying a representative from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa)