Meeting to discuss Sri Lanka's membership in the Family Planning 2020 (FP 2020) initiative
Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. Family Planning 2020 aims to expand access to family planning information, services, and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in 69 of the world's poorest countries by 2020.
Sri Lanka is a FP 2020 focused country and in August 2018 Sri Lanka signed the FP 2020 pledge with a commitment to increase the percentage of eligible families who have their need for family planning satisfied with modern methods, from 74.2% (DHS 2016) to 79% by 2025. In order to do this successfully Sri Lanka will need the involvement of key stakeholders, Government, Donors and Civil Society members. FP 2020 will proactively advocate for increased focus, support and resources for rights-based family planning, seek to inspire and strengthen the broad-based family planning movement, and champion the rights of women and girls to access high quality, affordable, modern contraception including young people and marginalized populations.
Civil Society Organizations(CSO) play an important role in promoting the FP 2020 pledge. In order to discuss the FP 2020 commitment in more detail and to discuss the role of civil society in contributing towards this pledge FPA Sri Lanka organised a meeting for 15 CSO's on the 27th of September 2018.
The meeting was addressed by Dr Sanjeewa Godakanda, Consultant Community Physician and focal point for Family Planning Programme at the Family Health Bureau.