Thinking Outside the Docs: Discovering Linkages Between Education, Economic Empowerment, Climate Change, and Family Planning/SRHR
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the IBP Network, in collaboration with Share-Net International, hosted an insightful side event at the Women Deliver 2023 conference.
Titled “Thinking Outside the Docs—Non-Health Sector Linkages in Education, Economic Empowerment, Climate Change, and Family Planning/Sexual and Reproductive Health,” the full-day session on July 16th at Ubumwe Grande Hotel in CAT proved to be a dynamic platform for advocates, youth leaders, government representatives, and experts.
The event aimed to explore the often-overlooked connections between crucial sectors: economic development, education, climate change, and family planning/sexual and reproductive health (FP/SRHR). Attendees had the unique opportunity to delve into innovative multi-sectoral and multi-perspective approaches. Beyond just discussion, participants actively engaged in creating resources that would fortify their advocacy efforts throughout the main Women Deliver conference.
The importance of recognising the intersections between these sectors cannot be overstated. Education, a cornerstone for development, intersects with economic empowerment as skilled individuals contribute significantly to a nation’s economic growth. Moreover, the impact of climate change is not confined to environmental concerns; it intertwines with socio-economic factors, affecting vulnerable communities and emphasising the need for a holistic approach.
Family planning and sexual and reproductive health emerged as integral components, connecting the dots between education, economic empowerment, and climate change. The event shed light on the symbiotic relationship between these areas, emphasising the need for collaborative efforts to address challenges comprehensively.
As we disseminate the key takeaways, it is evident that this side event was a testament to the power of collaboration and innovative thinking. By breaking down silos and fostering dialogue between diverse sectors, we can unlock new avenues for progress. The participants, who included passionate advocates, dynamic youth leaders, and dedicated government representatives, exemplified the spirit of collective action.
In the quest for a brighter and more sustainable future, “Thinking Outside the Docs” has proven to be a rallying call for forging meaningful connections between education, economic empowerment, climate change, and family planning/sexual and reproductive health. The impact of this event will undoubtedly resonate far beyond the conference walls, influencing policies and actions that shape the world we envision.