• BecauseSheCounts across Europe

    • June 19, 2020
    • European Institutions
    • European voice
    • Family planning
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    This year we are marking the commitments and investments done by European donors but also the work ahead. This is done under the Because She Counts’ campaign banner, with a social media campaign and activities in each of the partner countries in order to raise awareness of SRH/FP. We are asking decision-makers to put SRH/FP, universal health care, human rights and equality at the core of all public policy and funding decision, amid COVID-19 and always.

    In Belgium, on 8-10th May, on Mothers’ Day, our partner Sensoa organised an awareness raising campaign on social media. They launched a video clip wherein 12 MPs of 9 different Belgian political parties testified about the size of their families, stressing that they could freely decide on this, while 214 million women cannot, as they have no access to family planning. The MPs represented almost all political parties in Belgium, showing the commitment of Belgian MPs to realize universal access to FP.

    In Norway, our partner, Sex og Politikk, organised a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on access to contraception and sexuality education. Their partners from Ghana and Palestine were invited to share their experiences with dealing with the pandemic and speak about how the communities they serve have been affected by the lockdowns. One way care providers could now reach people is through social media. There are hopes that the current situation will change the way care is provided by expanding access to digital services so that more people can be reached.

    In Spain, our partner FPFE organised jointly with OXFAM and the Spanish Platform of NGOs a cycle of online conferences on gender equality for the (re)construction of a sustainable world. The most important objective of the online webinars was to contribute to the Government’s position on the Generation Equality Forum, where Spain will be part of leader counties in the action coalition on economic justice and rightsThe focus of the 3 webinars were economic justice, universal access to SRH, and gender-based violence. In the webinar on SRH and FP, emphasis has been placed on several issues that hinder progress towards universal access to SRH.

    In Finland, our partner, Väestöliitto, organized a three-week social media campaign #paljonenemmänkuinseksi during July, which highlighted the importance of SRH and family planning linking to sustainable development. The campaign emphasised the broader meaning of having access to family planning in order to decide freely over one’s own body and future. Young people MPs, MEPs and civil society engaged actively in the campaign as they gained more knowledge on issues related to SRH/FP and sustainable development. The campaign proved that there is still a need for more open discussion about the meaning of SRH/FP for individuals' futures and for positive development of societies.