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May 2020

#BecauseSheCounts 2020 campaign. Join us!

Investing in family planning is the only way women and girls can have the freedom to create their own futures. We are calling on European governments and decision-makers everywhere to continue to put women and girls at the top of the agenda #BecauseSheCounts!

Now more than ever the determination of European donors must not waver as the struggle for reproductive safety and freedom intensifies under the pressure of the current health crisis.

In our 2020 campaign we recognise the commitments made by European governments to women and girls through their development policy and funding and we look into the future as COVID-19 marks the way women receive care.

You will find here all the campaign resources and messages to share with your networks!

Asks for European donors on COVID-19

European donors should maintain current and future Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding and should support civil society, partner countries and multilateral organisations through a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes critical investments in health and support to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Universal health care, human rights, equality and solidarity should be at the core of any public policy and funding decision.

Read our asks for European Donors on COVID-19.pdf
Also available in Spanish.

European donors respond to the pandemic. Where does the safety and health of women, girls and marginalized groups fit into their international aid? 
The NetherlandsSwedenNorway, Denmark.

How can the European Union protect sexual and reproductive rights in times of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for the EU to further align its development policies on
the Agenda 2030 and on the three pillars of sustainable development, economic, social and
environmental. While the world starts planning for a post-pandemic recovery, the SDGs
can help focus this recovery on inclusion, equality, and sustainability. The EU should
seize the opportunity to “build back better” by creating more sustainable, resilient and
inclusive societies where SRHR are well recognized and integrated. 

These are our recommendations for the EU on SRHR and COVID-19.
New data shows that compared to 2017 there has been a decrease in EU funding to SRH/FP in 2018. We therefore call on the EU to in the future uphold its commitments and champion SRH/FP and gender equality in its international cooperation and development both in policy and funding. This is particularly essential in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak, which makes investing in essential health services including SRH/ FP of crucial importance. Read more.

COVID-19 is endangering the safety of women and girls by cutting off access to contraceptive care

The effects of the current health crisis are far-reaching and are still unwinding. But it’s clear that the most marginalised will be the hardest hit including due to limited access to contraceptive care as supply chains are disrupted. What can European donors do to lessen the burden put on women and girls? Read more.

The EU's plan to contribute to gender equality worldwide: a unique opportunity to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights for all

To promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in its own external relations, the EU has a framework known as the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) which is now up for renewal. Gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women will not be possible without the realisation of SRHR. How can the GAP support the health and safety of women and girls? These are our recommendations for the EU.

Countdown 2030 Europe are advocates for universal access to reproductive health in the developing world, working in 12 European countries and with the EU institutions to ensure funding and policy commitments for family planning and reproductive health in Europe and around the world. Visit our website for up-to-date information about related policies in European countries and the EU, as well as data about their funding commitments

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