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The SRHR Network Cofounders Meeting

The SRHR Network Cofounders Meeting

Friday 3rd September 2021

by Ndrina ANDRIAMAHADISON

In preparation for the SRHR Network Coordination Meeting, for this month of September 2021, a Cofounders Meeting was held on Friday August 27th, 2021 in the SEED Madagascar Tana Office. 6 cofounder organisations were the participants.

Discussions were mainly focused on activity planning for the last quarter of this year: improving interactions of the Facebook page followers, preparation of the next radio shows, development of the common communication support on Comprehensive Sexual Education or CSE and the Website.

To know more of several activities undertaken by the SRHR Network members, please follow us through www.safidy.org et Réseau…

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Improving our communication strategy

Improving our communication strategy

Friday 3rd September 2021

by Ndrina ANDRIAMAHADISON

To update the communication strategy of the SRHR Network, in order to further promote the visibility of the network and its members, the quarterly meeting of the SRHR network communication officers was held on Friday August 2Oth, 2021 in the SEED Madagascar Tana Office. 10 organisation members were present both in person and online.

Topics discussed were mainly around the improvement of interactions of the Facebook page followers, preparation of the next radio shows, development of the common communication support on Comprehensive Sexual Education or CSE.

To know more of several activities undertaken by the SRHR Network members, please follow us through…

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Review of SRHR Network capacity building sessions

Review of SRHR Network capacity building sessions

Tuesday 27th July 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

 

The capacity building of the Network's member organizations is one of the main activities of the Network in order to strengthen the skills and knowledge of member organizations in the implementation of their respective activities. Following the analysis of members' needs, strong requests were made in relation to the various topics, four of which were scheduled for the first year of the Network in 2020; and four others for 2021. Due to the health context, all capacity building sessions were held online and this new approach allowed for considerable participation of participants per organization. SRHR Concept and Approach; Monitoring-Evaluation-Learning and…

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World Population Day 2021

World Population Day 2021

Sunday 11th July 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

''Demographic dividend, a pathway to growth and well-being. Rights and informed choices are the answers". This is the theme chosen by the Ministry of Population, Social Protection and Promotion of Women for this year.  As a reminder, the day dedicated to population aims to raise awareness on the importance of gender equality, maternal well-being, family planning, poverty and human rights.

The SRHR Network celebrated this day by broadcasting a special program on three radio stations: Radio Des Jeunes, ACEEM Radio and Radio Nationale Malagasy with the participation of three member organizations: HP+, FISA Madagascar and IYAFP Madagascar.

The…

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Coordination meeting of the SRHR network members

Coordination meeting of the SRHR network members

Saturday 10th July 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Coordination meeting is one of the main activities of the SRHR network, which is held quarterly in order to share updates relating to the network activities ant its members.

This year second coordination meeting then took place the half-day of June the 24, 2021 at Motel Anosy; it was also an opportunity for everyone to meet with one another after carrying out activities online during months.

During the presentation of the quarterly report, the network officer shared information on advocacy activities through radio shows organized during the celebration of Word and International Days: Zero Discrimination Day on March 1st and World Menstruation…

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Right to bodily autonomy and SRHR 

Right to bodily autonomy and SRHR 

Monday 28th June 2021

by Tsinjo Rahaingoarivelo, SEED Madagascar

The Forum Génération Egalité is a global gathering for gender equality, organized by UN Women in partnership with youth and civil society, and co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico. As such, the event powers a formidable and enduring coalition for gender equality, bringing together governments, activists, businesses, feminist organizations, youth and a wide range of allies to achieve transformative change.
In Madagascar, under the direction of the Ministry of Population with the support of Association Fitia , the French Embassy, Fanainga, UNFPA Madagascar, UNICEF Madagascar and the United Nations System in Madagascar, a satellite…

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Maternal and Reproductive Health Service Activity Update

Maternal and Reproductive Health Service Activity Update

Monday 7th June 2021

by Antenaina Rafetrason, PIVOT

In the Ifanadiana district, pregnant women face a great geographical challenge due to the distance between the Centre de Santé de Base (CSB) and the majority of the communities from which they come. PIVOT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MinSanP) has proceeded with the construction of waiting houses so that women who are about to give birth can wait for the term of their pregnancy closer to the CSB. The purpose of these houses is to avoid pregnant women living more than 5 km from the CSB from having to walk between their home and the CSB…

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SEED Madagascar and its collaboration with MEN and ENS

SEED Madagascar and its collaboration with MEN and ENS

Wednesday 2nd June 2021

by Gilberte Randriamahavorisoa, SEED Madagascar

Endline survey preparation workshop with MEN -DCRP

The introduction of SRHR themes in the school curriculum has been something new in Madagascar's General Secondary Education system, as has its application and perception among teachers and students. To this end, a baseline and endline survey are organized to measure and evaluate the level of students at the beginning and end of the school year once the themes are inserted. The next survey will be conducted among students in their final year of high school in 26 high schools in Madagascar that have already completed the baseline survey.

A workshop to prepare…

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National Youth Consultation for the National Budgeted Action Plan NBAP 2021-2025

National Youth Consultation for the National Budgeted Action Plan NBAP 2021-2025

Friday 28th May 2021

by Faniry RAMPARAOELINA, IYAFP Madagascar

ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH is a project funded by FP2020 through the Rapid Response Mechanism. It was implemented by a consortium of local youth associations, namely Tanora Iray, IYAFP Madagascar (International Youth Alliance for Family Planning) and Tanora Garan'Teen.

This project aims to improve the consideration of the specific needs of adolescents and youth in national FP policies by 2021.

Following the Malagasy Advocacy Training Program, which was initiated in 11 regions in January 2021, the National Youth Consultation for the National Budgeted Action Plan (NBAP) 2021-2025 was organized in the 22 regions of the big island on May 18 and 19.

Thus, the consultation will…

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SEED Madagascar and ENS collaboration on integrating SRHR themes into training modules

SEED Madagascar and ENS collaboration on integrating SRHR themes into training modules

Thursday 29th April 2021

by Gilberte Randriamahavorisoa, SEED Madagascar

The last decades have been marked by an increased rate of early pregnancy and marriage in schools and by the incidence of sexually transmitted infections and sexual violence, which contribute to school dropouts. For this reason, the Ministry of National Education or MEN, through the Education Sector Plan (PSE) and in accordance with the Framework for Comprehensive Sexual Education (COES), with the technical and financial support of SEED Madagascar, has initiated the integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights or SRHR themes in the General Secondary Education (formerly called Lycée) curriculum.

SEED Madagascar, through its Safidy Project,…

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The Netherlands, one of the countries to teach sex education from kindergarten

The Netherlands, one of the countries to teach sex education from kindergarten

Tuesday 20th April 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Sex education in general has always been a taboo subject and lifting this taboo is not easy. In many societies around the world, preparing children and youth for adulthood remains a challenge, especially in the areas of sexuality and relationships. Today, too few young people receive information and education that can prepare them for sexuality, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, abuse, and sexually transmitted infections. Recognizing this, the Netherlands has joined the United Kingdom in providing sex education from kindergarten onward.

What does my body look like? why are boys' and girls' bodies different?" are the instinctive questions…

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MALAGASY ADVOCACY TRAINING PROGRAM

MALAGASY ADVOCACY TRAINING PROGRAM

Thursday 15th April 2021

by Faniry Ramparaoelina, IYAFP Madagascar

The "Malagasy Advocacy Training Program", flagship activity of the "ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH" Project took place throughout the month of January 2021.

ADVOCACY FOR YOUTH is a project funded by FP2020 through the Rapid Response Mechanism, which was implemented by a consortium of local youth associations namely Tanora Iray, IYAFP (International Youth Alliance for Family Planning) Madagascar and Tanora Garan'Teen.  This project aims to improve the consideration of the specific needs of adolescents and youth in national FP policies by 2021.

The project covers 11 out of 22 regions in Madagascar, namely: Analamanga, Vakinankaratra, Alaotra Mangoro, Boeny, Haute Matsiatra,…

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"Together for a fairer and healthier world"

"Together for a fairer and healthier world"

Wednesday 7th April 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

April 7 is World Health Awareness Day, a day to promote health and highlight the right of all to health services.

This year's theme is "Together for a fairer and healthier world", a theme that has been well chosen in the current context.

The current pandemic has brought to light the inequalities in the world regarding access to health services and even information. According to the report, people who have access to quality services can expect a better health status, while those who live in precarious living conditions will not be able to cope with this crisis. With…

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A period of progress

A period of progress

Thursday 11th March 2021

by Polly Hedley and Quinn Parker , SEED Madagascar

In recent months, global initiatives to address period poverty have made the headlines with Scotland becoming the first nation in the world to make period products freely available. In February, New Zealand followed suit, making menstrual hygiene products free for students over the next three years. But whilst these countries take steps towards ending period poverty, how is it being tackled in Madagascar, a country with far poorer sanitation, hygiene facilities, and public funds? Since January, SEED has been working with the Mahampy Weavers’ Cooperative on a new Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) project, aiming to empower and support the…

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Mobilise, sensitize, and engage everyone in the fight against sexual exploitation of children

Mobilise, sensitize, and engage everyone in the fight against sexual exploitation of children

Wednesday 10th March 2021

by Veromanitra Rahantamalala, ECPAT France Madagascar

Globally, millions of children suffer of sexual exploitation yearly and thousands of women are exploited for purposes of prostitution. Sexual exploitation is one of the worst forms that goes against fundamental human rights. It transform people to mere products. Purchased, sold, threatened, isolated, raped, beaten, guarded, locked, tortured, victims become consumables.

To deal with this, the first International Day against Sexual Exploitation was held in 2009 to reduce the number of victims and inform of people about the danger and impacts of sexual exploitation.

ECPAT France Madagascar has been fighting against sexual abuse and exploitation of children, which are forms of…

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Zero discrimination day:  Together to end inequality

Zero discrimination day: Together to end inequality

Friday 5th March 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Zero Discrimination Day is an initiative of UNAIDS celebrated on March 1st to remind us of everyone’s right to live a fully and productive life. A life in dignity and free of discrimination based on race, religion, sexual orientation, status, and disability. Continued discriminations all over the world only increase inequality, which prevents social and economic development.

This year, the SRHR network intends to emphasize the need to take action in order for everyone to enjoy their rights-based sexual and reproductive health. Article 3 of the law on Reproductive Health and Family Planning (RHFP) n° 2017-04 states that:…

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2021: Still promoting SRHR

2021: Still promoting SRHR

Monday 25th January 2021

by Andy Rakotovao

Here we are for a new year, the period of good resolutions and positive vibes.

The previous year was a difficult one for all of us and the health crisis affected and disrupted some of our activities. Most of us migrated to a new online working method, which allowed the Network to carry out the four activities of capacity building of members including the SRHR approach and concept; monitoring-evaluation-learning and accountability; project development and proposal; and networking and fundraising. This was done in order to strengthen the technical and organizational capacities of member organizations so that they can carry out…

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Capacity building of the DCRP teams regarding the dissemination of curriculum

Capacity building of the DCRP teams regarding the dissemination of curriculum

Friday 30th October 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

As part of the curriculum reform towards an improvement of the educational system specified in the Education Sector Plan (PSE), the Ministry of the National Education, through its Direction of Curricula and Education Research (DCRP), developed school curricula at all levels in General Secondary Education (ESG).

Currently, Terminale curriculum and accompanying documents are available and will be implemented over the course of the school year 2020-2021.

It is in this context that a training workshop of trainers was organised by the DERP and supported by SEED Madagascar. The goal was to train the trainers on the use of the new…

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Investing in girls and women

Investing in girls and women

Monday 26th October 2020

by Andy Rakotovao

 

Each year, on October 11th, we join the world to celebrate the International Day of Girls to advocate and uphold girls’ rights.

Asserting girls’ rights is also asserting adults women’s rights. October 11th reminds then the importance of girls’ rights, especially in terms of education so this latter can become actors in the economic development.

Girls and women are economical assets to many countries, unfortunately this resource is mostly untapped. Yet, equipping girls and women with skills, they can blossom in social and economic sphere and thus, contribute to the economic growth.

Government could…

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World Contraception Day, 2020: Access to contraception services is a fundamental human right to respect and to protect in times of pandemic.

World Contraception Day, 2020: Access to contraception services is a fundamental human right to respect and to protect in times of pandemic.

Friday 23rd October 2020

by Mina Rakotoarindrasata, Genre en Action

We celebrate the World Contraception Day on September 26th. It is an opportunity to remind that family planning services are one of the components of essential health services. Access to those services is a fundamental human right that must be respected and maintained, especially during COVID-19 period.

 

Contraception is everyone’s business: girls, boys, women and men

Each year, the World Contraception Day enables us to inform and sensitize the wider public and youth in particular, on diverse topics around contraception: available different contraception methods, contraception informed choice, unprotected sex risks, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).…

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