Our Principles

AWLN’s recognized access to comprehensive family planning and reproductive health as fundamental human rights.

The network believes that African women are key to addressing the multiple crises of high maternal mortality, infant morbidity and low life expectancy on the continent. As such African women should be recognized as equal partner in such efforts.

AWLN will work within the following principles and values:

  • Respect for and promotion of women’s bodily integrity, autonomy and choice in all aspects of advocacy, policy, legislative development and service delivery. This includes respecting the rights of women to make informed and autonomous choices about child bearing, desired number of children and contraceptive use.
  • Commitment to the leadership development of African women at all levels of decision-making.
  • Support for the diverse existing efforts being led by African on issues of Reproductive Health and Family Planning.