Giving Compass’ Take:
• In order to reach women in the Philipines who want access to family planning material that they do not currently have, the UN is partnering with companies to provide services to employees.
• Where else can organizations meet individuals to provide convenient family planning information? How can other countries use this model to expand access to family planning?
• Learn more about achieving the family planning goals for 2020.
In May 1968, representatives of 84 states declared access to family planning to be a basic human right at the International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran, Iran.
That recognition helped shift the discussion of family planning from merely looking at controlling population size to one that highlights the right of individuals, particularly women and girls, to access information and services about their health and make informed choices.
“If you look at how many children women have, the poorest 20 percent [in the Philippines] have on average more than five children. But if you ask them what [is] their ideal number of children, it would be around three,” said Klaus Beck, Philippines country representative of the U.N. Population Fund.
Devex asked Beck about a pilot family planning project focused on the workplace, and how to address contextual barriers to expanding family planning information and services in the Philippines.
One of your initiatives to expand family planning access here is through the workplace. Can you talk briefly about that?
We’re looking at ways we can help reach those women who have unmet need for family planning, and at ways of partnering to reach out. And one place you can reach women is through their workplaces.
That’s why we’ve been partnering with 11 private sector companies and organizations to help them develop policies for family planning in their workplace and help them train peers to provide education to their co-employees, and/or training of health staff in their company, and, at times, help provide family planning services to some of the employees.
That’s a way to reach out, and we’ve been able to reach 1.4 million women with information through that way of operating.
Read the full article about a workplace model for family planning by Jenny Lei Ravelo at Devex International Development.
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