#HappyFlow Monday: What can be done to ensure that women and girls in their diversity have choices and options when it comes to access to services?

For this week’s Happy Flow Monday, we asked Network Members:

What can be done to ensure that women and girls in their diversity have choices and options when it comes to access to services?

Faith Chitorido – Zimbabwe

High priority must be given to educate women and girls to know their rights ,sexuality and choices in life so as to have a brighter  future. Futhermore we also need to educate man on the rights of young girls and women so as to reduce the cultural  problems which are perpetuated by man. Edutainment  and seminars on women’s rights must be conducted even in schools, catching them young will contribute to reduction on challenges with the next generation.Let us looby more for economic  emancipation of women so that they can be interdependent and take charge of their lives.

Kevin Govender – South Africa

An integrated approach to health and human rights lies at the heart of ensuring dignity and well-being of women and girls around our beautiful country and is linked to improvements in the uptake of services. Schools are in a unique position to provide their students comprehensive health services and referrals to community-based health centres, due to their accessibility to students and their ability to provide health education targeted specifically for young people. National and local government support is imperative and it would be nice to see more government initiatives based on this.

Happy Kyomuhangi – Uganda

Increasing the quality,quantity and ensuring affordability of SRHR services is of essence in making women and girls access them easily. It is critical that they is  respondents to particular constraints that women face by way of increasing services like securing risks,child care burdens,limited  mobility and financial access thus making them access any service of their choice without challenges.They is need to increase the involvement of women and girls to observe,monitor and analyse government decision making processes including participating in budgeting and planning processes. My belief is also in introducing incentives and change employment policies to increase the number of women and girls in public sector.It is high time there is reduction on gender based violence barriers that limit women and girls to access services,let they be safe spaces for them to socialize,receive social support ,also acquiring skills.

Thabisani Ncube – Tanzania

Sexual and reproductive health policies are vital to empowering women and girls thus constituting a cornerstone of sustainable development. Moreover, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can only be fulfilled with full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health rights. Women and girls must be an active part of development, with full autonomy over their bodies. Just a word of reminder to my fellow men out there: being engendered doesn’t mean endangered and men of quality are not afraid of equality! #ExpectRespect

Patricia Kajumba – Uganda

Ignorance about SRHR choices and options among women and girls has to continuously be dealt with in all contexts. It should be clear by now that we still have more work to do in order to curb down SRHR challenges in Africa. For sometime now, SRHR services have been provided but is it not worrying that Africa is still struggling with SRHR challenges?

Its therefore our call to continue creating awareness, educating women and girls about their Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights. In one way or another, an informed person is more empowered to have courage to stand and defend what is theirs. Women and girls need to know their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. No ifs or buts.

In addition to that, negative perceptions and cultural beliefs about access to SRHR services need to be addressed too. Let’s have improved facilities and service providers especially in hard to reach areas. Women and girls have a right to enjoy their SRHR fully without shame or any kind of discrimination.

Mpho Maema – Lesotho

Sexual Reproductive Health Rights are very important for each individual and the service providers of such have to constantly engage with diverse people to appreciate their SRHR challenges so as to ensure they afford them necessary services to enable them to fully enjoy their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

Edgar Simbeye – Zambia

Promoting human rights for all and making women and girls be more aware of their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights will create a platform of more choices for them to not only make informed choices but have a conducive environment in which they are able to thrive.