to decision-makers

Sustainable investment
  • Sustained commitment and investment in reproductive freedom – Our recommendations to decision-makers.

    Through My Body, My Rights, our partners have implemented strategies that are changing lives.

  • They partners are making care more accessible to Roma women and girls, creating supportive contexts in which people are well equipped to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and advocating locally and nationally for political and financial commitment from public authorities.

    Our partners’ energy and dedication will continue to drive progress. But the precious steps that are enabling communities to build safer and healthier lives can only be truly sustained and built upon if decision-makers at all levels commit politically, and invest structurally in essential areas.

    Decision-makers should adopt an intersectional approach, recognise that Roma women and girls face particularly high and specific obstacles to access to SRH due to discrimination and exclusion, and adopt the targeted measures required to remedy them, both in policies and budgets.

  • Recommendations

    We call for the following steps
    to be prioritised:

  • Ambitious political commitments on access to SRH for Roma women and girls are made and implemented through European and national policies. (e.g. implementation by governments of the EU Roma strategic framework for equality, inclusion and participation, including its objective on access to SRH).
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    Financial investments are made to improve access to SRH for Roma women and girls through national and regional budgets. (e.g. in the EU’s response to COVID-19, the EU4Health Programme).
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    Contraceptives and related sexual and reproductive healthcare are made freely and easily available for all people who cannot afford them.

    Provision of relationship and sexuality education is introduced and supported, both in and out of schools.

    The position of health mediator is officially recognised, and governments invest in this crucial function.

    Family planning is included as an integral part of maternal health policies, programmes and budgets.

    Inter-sectoral collaboration at local level in support of family planning is enabled and encouraged, bringing together NGOs, health and social services and professionals, schools, community nurses and community leaders. Decision-makers should consult and collaborate with this wide range of actors.

    Mobile health teams are set up and enabled to deliver sexual and reproductive healthcare in remote communities.

    Investment is made in the training of current and future care providers, health mediators, educators and community workers to ensure they can provide high quality counselling on family planning and SRH.

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