Advocacy

Rutgers WPF advocates towards decision makers for progressive policies and the necessary financial support to realise sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. Through advocacy, Rutgers WPF aims to create a supportive environment in which people can make their own individual, informed choices about their sexual lives and the number and spacing of their children.

Advocacy Goals

Rutgers WPF as a whole aims for:

  • Full implementation of the Programme of Action as defined at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994;
  • The realization of the Millennium Development Goals, and safeguards as laid down in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) agenda for the ICPD+20.

Specifically we aim to:

  • Guarantee correct and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services for all, especially young people;
  • Provide choice in modern contraceptive methods by promoting the female condom;
  • Prevent unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS;
  • Stop sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls;
  • Promote gender equality;
  • Ensure everyone’s right to choose his or her partner;
  • Promote and protect the rights of young people, including their right to meaningfully participate in policy processes and programming.

Target groups, partners and networks

Our target groups are Dutch policymakers, Dutch and European parliamentarians and the United Nations. Furthermore, we work with our field offices in Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam, and our partners in  Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and Bangladesh to advocate for SRHR policies and funding in these countries.

We liaise and collaborate with several networks and coalitions to strengthen our voice, including youth organisations and networks.