#ThrivingTogether: Our World Population Day campaign

July 11, 2019


Today we launch Thriving Together! Our first-of-its-kind global campaign supported by over 150 of the world’s leading environmental and reproductive health organisations. These organisations are all united by their agreement that barrier free access to family planning services is critically important for the environment and biodiversity, as well as women’s and girls’ health and well-being.

Thriving Together highlights the importance of addressing the “unfinished business” of the International Conference of Population and Development Programme of Action. It is timely as this year marks the 25th anniversary since 179 world leaders enshrined reproductive health as a fundamental human right and recognised the important role of reproductive health and gender equality in achieving sustainable development.

The United Nations projects that global population will rise from 7.7 billion today to 9.8 billion by 2050. But this is only one potential scenario. Future population growth is highly sensitive to small changes in the average number of children per mother. If the physical, financial, educational, social and religious barriers to people using family planning services were removed and the average number of children per mother was just 0.5 lower than the UN population projection, which is most commonly used, global population would peak at 8.9 billion in 2050, rather than 9.8 billion.

Watch the #ThrivingTogether campaign video here

Increasing human pressures are among the many challenges facing planetary health. In addition, by harming ecosystems, people undermine food and water security and human health, and threaten habitats and species. Ensuring family planning is available to all who seek it is among the positive actions organisations must take to lessen these pressures on our planet.

This is all possible, by enabling the exercise of a well-recognised human right, that people should be able to decide for themselves, whether, when, how often and with whom to bring children into the world. Not only is it possible, it is necessary and non-controversial: family planning contributes to women’s empowerment, improves family and general health, advances education and life opportunities and, by slowing population growth, eases pressures on wildlife and ecosystems.

A mobile "camel clinic" in Milgis, Kenya

To learn more about the campaign visit, and read the Trust’s background paper, Removing Barriers to Family Planning, Empowering Sustainable Environmental Conservation: A Background Paper and Call for Actionto learn about what we can do.

Empower women and girls for more effective action on climate change

April 18, 2019


Today the Margaret Pyke Trust and other sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations are making the following global call to action.

EngenderHealth, FHI360, Guttmacher Institute, Ipas, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Margaret Pyke Trust, Marie Stopes International, PAI, Plan International UK, Population Council, PSI and Women Deliver call on signatories to the Paris Climate Change Agreement to acknowledge the key role that the fulfilment of women and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights and ensuring women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health services must play in national climate change strategies.

Read the full call to action here.

It takes a village – the Nndwakhulu video

February 27, 2019


South African documentary film making company, Fireworx Media, has made a short video of our Nndwakhulu project.

Network member, the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP), and Network coordinator, the Margaret Pyle Trust, have been working together in Venda, South Africa, for two years.  For many years TVEP has been a leader in combatting sexual and gender based violence, HIV stigma and child abuse, as part of their “Zero Tolerance Village Alliance” model. In 2017 TVEP and the Trust began the process of developing the Zero Tolerance Village Alliance, to add a new topic: reproductive health.

As a result of this partnership, and the financial support of the European Union’s Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights for South Africa, two marginalised rural communities have benefitted from a range of community empowerment actions, as well as provision of training to clinical staff, police officers and others who provide the communities with the services necessary to exercise their rights to sexual and reproductive health services. The South African documentary film making company, Fireworx Media, has made this short video on the project, focussing on the sexual and gender based violence component of the project, as requested by the European Union. As a result of this project, thousands of people in rural Venda have both the agency to demand the sexual and reproductive health services of the state service providers, which are their right, as well as the state entities (clinics, police, and others) being better able to provide those services.

You can watch the video here.

Carina Hirsch on TRT World Roundtable

February 19, 2019


Today 19 February 2019, Carina Hirsch, Advocacy and Projects Manager, spoke about the importance of family planning as a climate adaptation and resilience building strategy on the TRT World Roundtable programme.

Click here to watch the full programme.

Our Chief Executive nominated for Impact 25 Award

January 18, 2019


Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Awards honour leaders in the social sector, as nominated and voted for by their peers. There are 337 nominees, and the public votes for the top 25. What can possibly go wrong with a public vote?

David’s nomination is for his work promoting reproductive health and rights as part of sustainable development. Staggeringly, the work of only 2 of the 337 nominees focus on reproductive health and rights. David is the only nominee put forward for his work promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights outside the health sector. Pro Bono Australia’s nomination draws to attention David’s work, highlighting the importance of removing barriers to family planning as an environmental conservation issue, as well as being a health and gender issue.

Click here to vote for David. Voting closes on 31 January 2019 and you can read about the nominees here. Please encourage those you know to vote, and let us try to ensure that one of the top 25 works within the population sector.