29 May 2019

FPFE holds seminar on ICPD25 and International Cooperation

On the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, the Spanish Federation of Family Planning hosted a seminar attended by representatives from IPPF (Geneva Office), AIDOS and Spanish CSOs.

The international cooperation: what are the main challenges of work in sexual and reproductive health for the coming year? 

On the 28th May, the Spanish Federation of Family Planning celebrated the International Day of Action for Women's Health by hosting a seminar in Madrid focused on the role of development of cooperation in sexual and reproductive health. Several NGOs, among which IPPF (Geneva Office), Italian AIDOS and Spanish CSOs, parliamentarians and Minister of Foreign Affairs representatives, gathered together to share visions, lesson learnt, best practices and main challenges for the present 21st century.

The work of advocacy and CSO alliance is still considered key in times that have never been easy to work on sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR), and these rights stand out as a fundamental objectives included in the Spanish cooperation strategies and documents which are the result of contributions of feminism and international agreements such as Beijing and ICPD, recognized as  important to settle women rights framework globally.

The lack of sustainable and predictable funding has been identified as one of the main problems in moving forward and developing sustainable and sustainable projects along with the far-right positions that are widely expanding their influence in several part of the world. All the political parties are fostering the importance of advancing the policies for sustainable development, but this commitment does not translate into budgets, and this is very necessary. 

The goals that we have set ourselves with the SDGs are difficult to achieve, unless there is a major change in national and international policies. There are 216 million women and adolescents who cannot access sexual and reproductive health. Many of those who die are girls and adolescents who die for preventable reasons and for humanitarian causes in developing countries. The 1 in 3 women who have been victims of Gender Violence (GBV) have experienced sexual violence at least once in their lives. All of this evidence shows the importance of strengthening the commitment to the SRHR in order to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

Most important recommendations are to continue to work from the international spaces, and in all the strategies related to development, supporting local, feminist and women's organizations, who are facing cultural barriers and long-term investments along with policies based on evidence, not ideology, and in a very cooperative way with civil society, with gender budgeting that will ensure implementation, monitoring and evaluation through “purple glasses”.