Coalition members foster interfaith collaboration on RH/FP
23rd November 2011
Coalition member DSW, working with core partners Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and Muhammadiyah, have conducted an extended consultation (by phone, email and face to face) process with religious leaders and faith based institutions regarding their willingness to support advocacy for reproductive health and/or family planning.
The consultations climaxed in an interfaith meeting held in Nairobi Kenya in June 2011. The consensus process and the Nairobi meeting resulted in a Consensus Statement /Declaration unanimously agreed on and endorsed by Christian-Catholic, Christian-Protestant, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist religious leaders. Read the declaration here.
The declaration expresses clear interfaith support for providing information and means for couples to control the timing and spacing of their children consistent with their own faith and needs. It is endorsed by all the faith-based organizations participating in the conference while secular organisations each indicated their support of the declaration content and its intent. Both endorsers (faith based organizations, religious leaders and religious institutions) and supporters (secular welfare organizations, CSOs, NGOs, NSAs) of the Declaration will continue to be registered and will be called upon through the global interfaith advocacy network to participate in various activities in support of family planning.
DSW, CCIH and Muhammadiyah invite you to register your agreement with the content and intent by endorsing or supporting the Declaration. Many of the original supporters of the Declaration are not faith-based and include:
- Word Faiths Development Dialogue, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
- DSW and DSW Kenya
- Innovative Development Expertise & Advisory Services
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- United States Agency for International Development, Office of Population and Reproductive Health
- Management Sciences for Health
- Global Health Action
Please register your agreement and indicate category of support by writing to Peter Munene at DSW. Please include the full contact details.