“Achieving Universal Access to SRHRs: Leaving No One Behind”
Panel discussion held on the 16th and 17th of January 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal
“Achieving Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Leaving No One Behind” was the theme of the panel discussion which was held in Hotel Himalaya on January 16th and 17th, 2017. The main objective of the Conference was to identify how to achieve Universal access to SRHR through critical analysis and to develop a plan of action which would help to take forward the objective.
The focus of the panel discussion lied in SRHR and its promotion within the country and to reach a conclusion regarding how it should be taken forward with the analysis of the panel discussion. The workshop was divided into two days in which the first day held three panel discussions involving discussions which included “Achieving universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Exploring challenges and opportunities, Voice of Youth and Key Population: My Voice Matters and translating SRHR Policies into Practices” and on the second day the report of the first day along with the experts formed a conclusive plan of action.
Progress was seen in the context of Nepal regarding SRHR but the results and outcome have not been as planned due to the lack of implementation of plans and policies. Many indicators showed that the role of SRHR helped in the development of the nation and that SRHR itself has significantly improved over the past decade and with the establishment of NGOCC it has come to be an integral part of the development of the country. The policies of Nepal have been progressive in nature and have helped to create a base for the promotion and implementation of SRHR and it is a topic which has been heavily inculcated in the policy making process. The major problem which has been faced in regard to the current context is the grass root implementation of the policies itself which are progressive in nature. Taking the underprivileged and including them in the process of promoting SRHR was seen as a challenge which is being faced by the country and in achieving universal access. The voice of the youth was also taken into account as they voiced their opinions on the matter of SRHR as 1/3rd of the Nepalese population is comprised of youth. Comprehensive Sexual Education has become a major part in the effort towards promotion of both family planning and SRHR as it provides the population with knowledge and awareness and it naturally instills these qualities with the help of cultural aspects. The role of media can present itself as an important aspect to raise awareness upon many topics regarding SRHR. Nepal has placed itself well in order to raise the level of SRHR as it has molded its policies with regard to many conventions, conferences and planned efforts it has been a part of such as the ICPD, SDG’s and FP among many.
As Nepal still has cultural taboos and stigmas it will take a collaborated effort along with structural changes to change the scenario of SRHR in the country. Along with better implementation of many of the formed policies and advocacy of many related issues the level of SRHR in the country can be raised to international standards and maintained accordingly. Another important issue raised was the management and utilization of funds.
The workshop saw the attendance of more than 100 individuals and was represented at a national level through the participation of policy makers, media personnel, religious representatives and underprivileged alike. It was a successful effort at discussing a major issue and the result of the formation of an action plan made the event even more successful
The program was made successful through the joint efforts and attendance of representatives of the government, many organizations working in the social setting, the underprivileged and international organizations working all of which were related to SRHR. It was brought together through the collaboration of NGOCC, FPAN and EU.
This program was convened by the NGOCC, FPAN and IPPF was made successful as the government of Nepal and the organizers for coming together to collaborate in its positive efforts towards the development of the country. In order to further raise the level of SRHR in Nepal and to provide universal access of SRHR the workshop was made into a significant milestone in the SDG and FP 2020.