Archive for the ‘AWLN Blog’ Category

Repost: Advocacy Win in Zanzibar Contributes to 70% Drop in Family Planning Commodity Forecasting Errors
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

  By Joan Komsoon, African Women's Development Fund March 30, 2015 The Director of the Central Medical Stores in Zanzibar, Tanzania directed a total of 66 staff at the Ministry of Health across all 10 districts to be re-trained in November 2014 as a result of African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) members' advocacy. The re-training led to a 70% drop in family planning commodity ...  [Read more]

No ceilings: The full participation report
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Download the report below: No ceilings Report Summary: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation joined forces to assess the evidence on the gains and gaps in progress for women and girls over the past 20 years. We asked: What do women’s and girls’ lives look like around the world 20 years after the Beijing conference? What barriers remain? What ...  [Read more]

AWLN Uganda team begins advocacy for increased resources to reproductive health and family planning in two districts
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

  AWLN Uganda members Dr.HildaTadria and Maria Nassali at their advocacy meeting Reproductive health and family planning services are the right of every woman living everywhere and should be easily accessible to all women. However, for majority of women in Uganda – especially the rural woman - access to reproductive health and family planning information and services is a challenge. The African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive ...  [Read more]

Breaking News from Zanzibar
Friday, February 27th, 2015

AWLN member Dr. Hanuni Sogora at Zanzibar's Central Medical Stores Central Medical Stores in Zanzibar reduces errors in forecasting Family Planning commodity requirements at the facility level by 70% after AWLN influences re-training of RH staff. Zanzibar’s Directorate of Medical Stores can confirm that they have reduced the incidence of errors associated with incorrect documentation of stock levels for Family Planning commodities at ...  [Read more]

Ms. Prudence Mabele Nominated to join UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group
Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Prudence Mabele joins UN Women CSAG AWLN member Prudence Mabele celebrates yet another achievement as she is nominated to serve on UN women’s Civil Society Advisory Group. Ms. Mabele is one of South Africa’s most vocal advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS. She joined AWLN to further her goals to improve reproductive health and family planning for African women; a mission she has been pursuing as since 1992 when she became the first ...  [Read more]

Statement by Nyaradzayi Gumbodzvanda to the African Union 24th Summit, January 2015
Monday, January 26th, 2015

AWLN member Nyaradzayi Gumbodzvanda has begun the year with heightened efforts to speak out for the rights of those she values most-young African women. Last week, the African Union's goodwill ambassador for ending child marriage and General Secretary/World YWCA issued a statement encouraging states to develop and implement National Action Plans to end child marriage. Read her statement below: Presented at the Ministers OF Gender ...  [Read more]

World AIDS Day 2014
Monday, December 1st, 2014

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more ...  [Read more]

AWLN member improves access to sexual and reproductive health information for young people in Uganda
Friday, November 21st, 2014

Mama Alive initiative (MAI) is a nonprofit and public health organization in Uganda headed by Hon. Ruth Kavuma (AWLN member)has recently launched a new project known as the “Vijana minds up” aimed at increasing access to information on sexual and reproductive health among the youth. Young people face many pressures and have many challenges in accessing information on sexual and reproductive health. The project which is being funded by ...  [Read more]

Phindile Sithole-Spong Features on TIME Magazine
Monday, November 17th, 2014

Photo (c) Getty Images for TIME South African AWLN member Phindile Sithole-Spong has been featured as one of TIME Magazine's Next Generation Leaders. She talks candidly about leading by example and being open about her HIV status. Read the story below: Phindile Sithole-Spong is fighting the stigma faced by South Africans living with the virus When Phindile Sithole-Spong tells a gathering of young South Africans at a halfway-house ...  [Read more]

FP2020 Reports Huge Increase in Modern Contraceptive Use
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Remarkable progress since 2012 London Family Planning Summit, report shows More than 8 million new users of modern contraception have been recorded globally since the ground-breaking 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. A significant number of these new users - 1,872,000 or 22 per cent - are located in the East and Southern Africa region. This was reported in the newly released second FP2020 progress report, entitled Partnership in ...  [Read more]