06 July 2017

European Development Days Overview of EuroNGOs Members' Activities

On 7-8 June 2017, the European Commission brought together over 42.000 participants from 154 countries for the European Development Days in Brussels. EuroNGOs members were actively involved in the forum hosting three different sessions, the summaries of which you can find below.

Alianza por la Solidaridad in collaboration with ISGlobal, Save the Children, Emergency and Oxfam

The debate was centered around migrants’ health risks during the migration process, especially as they relate to gender-based violence, which can have a strong impact on women’s physical, moral and social health and well-being. Because of gender-based violence women are often invisible and discriminated against, which makes it difficult for them to access basic human rights, such as SRHR, the right to a life free of violence or the right to housing or employment. The importance of an intersectional approach to policies was discussed, addressing migration and gender issues. Also the importance of involving migrants in decision making processes was stressed by one of the speakers. Part of the proposed solution is to build on facts and research results to answer to the real needs and challenges.

Key solutions for development: Youth empowerment and family planning

https://eudevdays.eu/sessions/key-solutions-development-youth-empowerment-and-family-planningPopulation and Sustainability Network, DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development, International Planned Parenthood Federation, United Nations Population Fund, International Centre for Reproductive Health, Save the Children

This session was focused on the need for investment in young people and family planning services as means of development. The demographic dividend concept was explained and the case was made for why countries urgently need to address it, by seizing the opportunity to keep the population healthy, educated and with better employment options. Information and access to sexual and reproductive health services is key, according to the EDD young leader, Esenam Amuzu. Cultural shifts also need to be made in places where more children mean better economic prospects. Meaningful youth participation was part of the suggested way forward, as well as a focus on women’s health and building on movements such as “She Decides”.

Choosing sustainability: Future planning for climate change. Making the connections between sexual and reproductive health and rights and environmental sustainability

Population and Sustainability Network, DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), International Planned Parenthood Federation

This session focused on the links between population, health and environment. The argument was made that for a community to be able to respond to climate change, women in that community must be able to access sexual and reproductive health information and services and are therefore be able to plan their families. Successful projects were presented, including one project on approaching access to family planning and reproductive health while also helping communities conserve biodiversity. Another project that was discussed focuses on multi-purpose centers including a clinic, an information point and even a micro-finance facility. All in all, it was shown that small innovative approaches can contribute greatly to building resiliency and helping communities adapt to climate change.