Latin America Demands Government Accountability
You can't make lasting change without two key ingredients: services that fill an unmet need and policies that support the provision of those vital services.
Every year, our network of 40 Member Associations delivers high-quality sexual and reproductive health services to millions of people across Latin America and the Caribbean. However, realizing our broader vision—a world where every single individual has access to quality reproductive health care—requires more than a strong network of service providers: it requires favorable legislation, sufficient funding, and popular support.
Through the Joining Forces for Voices and Accountability project, IPPF/WHR has worked closely with five of our colleagues in Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic to strengthen their advocacy skills and develop robust civil society coalitions. To foster a climate where policies and programs can meet the real-life needs of local communities, we work side-by-side with our Member Associations to advocate at the local, national, and international levels to hold governments accountable for the commitments they've made to reproductive health and gender equality. Such support cannot be taken for granted, particularly where sexual and reproductive health and rights programs face strong opposition.
For some of our Member Associations, designing advocacy plans and campaigns is a new area of work. However, advocacy initiatives are increasingly important in a region that has recently seen a sharp decrease in much-needed support from international donors. Building their capacity to advocate effectively, and supporting their efforts with strong resources and sound advice, is crucial.
While the Voices project is unique in each country, one outcome is clear: through this initiative, we have become a more agile and successful network of champions for sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America. We are moving one step closer to a world of choice and opportunity for all.