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Offer: Workshop:Strengthening the Voices of Women Champions for Family Planning and Reproductive Health - September 2011

Family planning and reproductive health are crucial components of development, yet access to quality services that meet the needs of women and their families remains a challenge. Despite more than 40 years of investments in family planning by countries and donors, 215 million women continue to express an unmet need for family planning.

As governments and donors implement new development assistance programs, there is a growing emphasis on the importance of countries setting their own priorities and driving the development process. As host countries assume this leadership role it is critical that women’s voices are central in the process to ensure that family planning and reproductive health programs are prioritized in national debates and ultimately in country and donor resource allocations.

Overview
The goal of the Strengthening the Voices of Women Champions for Family Planning and Reproductive Health workshop is to strengthen host country and U.S. leadership and support for family planning and reproductive health programs by raising awareness of the importance of these issues in priority countries and among key U.S. communities. The two-week workshop is intensive and highly participatory and is designed to:

  • Enhance knowledge of key national and global family planning and reproductive health issues,
  • Increase understanding of the US policy environment related to family planning and reproductive health,
  • Strengthen capacity to develop and deliver strategic messages to policymakers in host countries and in the United States,
  • Enhance messaging and communication skills, and
  • Develop country action plans for mobilizing other groups in country to target policy makers with messages prioritizing family planning and reproductive health.
  • Eligible Countries
    Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi and Tanzania

    Application Criteria
    Applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for selection:

  • Working in civil society, government and/or political institutions,
  • Working to promote access to gender-sensitive, quality family planning and reproductive health services at national, sub-national or community levels,
  • Minimum 5 – 7 years experience in family planning and reproductive health programs or advocacy,
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting women’s leadership in family planning and reproductive health,
  • Proven ability to meaningfully engage with policymakers at local or national levels,
  • Strong understanding of key national and global family planning and reproductive health issues,
  • Available to participate in entire two-week program, and
  • Proficient in English.

Apply
The Workshop Application is available for download here. The application provides a detailed description of the workshop as well as eligibility criteria. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2011.

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