Our Strategic Framework – Women Deliver

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Our 2021-2025 Strategic Framework

Today, the need for effective advocacy to advance gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is more critical than ever. The fundamental obstacle for gender equality is the persistent lack of bodily autonomy and integrity for girls and women. Adolescence — when girls transition into adulthood in many contexts and situations — is a pivotal juncture, where many life decisions are made that impact bodily autonomy. When these decisions are made for girls — by others, or influenced by forces out of their control — their life course becomes set before reaching adulthood.

Women Deliver strives to ensure every girl and woman has full control over her body and life. For this purpose, we have refined our strategic framework by focusing our work on three urgent overlapping issues within gender equality: 

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC): UHC means that all people have access to the full range of the quality health services they need, when and where they need them, without financial hardship. True UHC is impossible without the explicit recognition of SRHR.
  • The Climate Crisis: It is crucial for girls and women to build resilience and adapt to the climate crisis. SRHR and climate resilient health systems must be accessible for all.
  • The Rise of Anti-Rights Movements: Women Deliver works with our partners to counters these anti-rights groups and narratives — including dis/misinformation — at national and global levels in order to build a representative and supportive constituency for girls and women.

We work on these areas through a unique approach: 

  • Collective Action for Change: We drive transformative change by forming (where necessary) and collaborating (wherever possible) in feminist coalitions and alliances, ensuring gender-responsive SRHR policies, and shifting leadership to advocates closest to girls and woman.
  • Emerging Leaders for Change: This program taps into the potential of those closest to the issues, supporting them in advocating for comprehensive SRHR and bodily autonomy.
  • Convening for Change: We shift power to traditionally ignored voices by creating and influencing spaces for advocacy, knowledge sharing, and collaboration.

As an organization, we are changing how we work to deliver impact that transcends borders and boundaries, challenges norms, and changes policies that perpetuate injustices. Recognizing our own role in perpetuating injustices in the past and our aim to transform into an iNGO of the 21st century, we are prioritizing three layers of organizational transformation:

  1. Examining and sharpening our programming and organizational structure to ensure that our work is led by and representative of feminists from around the world.
  2. Transforming our business model to truly become a global, decentralized organization that can work with gender equality experts and advocates, no matter where they live.
  3. Changing how we talk about ourselves and our work to ensure we are transparent, honest, and don’t perpetuate harmful language.

To download our 2021-2025 Strategic Framework, click here.

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