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Stories of Resilience and Success: The Caribbean
The Caribbean: Coming Together to Push Progress Forward
Recognizing the rising tide of oppositional forces in the Caribbean, executive
directors from our Caribbean associations banded together to counter the
opposition and push progress forward. They organized and created the
Caribbean Coalition on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in
2016, a joint initiative to unite advocacy efforts among local partners.
IPPF/WHR provided funding and capacity building to jumpstart the Coalition.
Through this planning process, Coalition members worked side-by-side with regional
office staff to hone the Coalition’s focus, goals, and strategic advocacy targets.
The Coalition started by advocating for the adoption of comprehensive
sexuality education in schools, an essential building block for progress.
This enhanced regional advocacy coordination has led to more visibility for its
members, invitations to participate in high level intergovernmental meetings, and
partnerships with major UN agencies and international health bodies.
There has also been some progress at the national level. In Jamaica, our local
partner FAMPLAN was awarded a contract to review the country’s national health
and life education curriculum. Using our standards for quality sexuality education,
FAMPLAN provided feedback to ensure the inclusion of topics such as consent,
gender equality, and contraception. As FAMPLAN continues to work with the
Jamaican government, other coalition members are learning from—and potentially