ANSER meetings

2019 ANSER Week (November 25th and 26th, 2019)

2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Develop-ment (ICPD, Cairo 1994), where 179 governments adopted a Programme of Action recognising that repro-ductive health and rights, as well as women's empowerment and gender equality, are cornerstones of population and development programmes. Significant results have been achieved since, but not everyone has benefited equally from this progress. From 12-14 November 2019, ICPD celebrated its birthday during the Nairobi Summit. The conference mobilized political will and financial commitments to finally and fully implement the ICPD Programme of Action, focusing on: achieving zero unmet need for family planning information and services, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
During this ANSER week we took a closer look at all the commitments made by governments, civil society and donors at the Nairobi Summit and discussed how implementation can be accelerated. What spe-cific role can academics have in using evidence to overcome policy and implementation challenges of the ICPD agenda? How can policy makers and researchers work more closely together to accelerate progress and address the barriers faced? What priorities should we as broader SRHR stakeholders focus on in the coming years to achieve reproductive health and rights for all?

The conference report can be found here

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Joint research/projects

 By bringing together researcher from all over the world, ANSER supports academic collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights policy. A full overview of joint ANSER publications and broader research activities can be found here


International Sexual Health And Reproductive Health during COVID-19 (ISHARE)

The Academic Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health Policies (ANSER) initiated a study on the impact of the COVID-19 isolation measures on sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.
COVID-19 measures such as the obligation to stay at home, social distancing, prohibition to do more than the essential trip, etc may have a profound impact on sexual behaviors, reproductive health, and social life across the world. It may have an impact on contraceptive use, intimate partner violence, access to essential reproductive health services and ante-natal and post-natal care.
This behavioral cross-sectional study, developed under the supervision of Prof. Kristien Michielsen at Ghent University (Belgium) and Prof. Joe Tucker at the University of North Carolina (US) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), includes online national surveys and a global comparative analyses. For the moment, about 30 countries expressed interest to participate in the online survey. Eligible participants will be individuals 18 years and older who consent to participate. In each country, a lead organization will be responsible for organizing ethical review, translation, and survey administration. The consortium network provides support for national studies, coordination, and multi-national comparison. Multi-level modelling will be used to determine the impact of COVID-19 measures on SRHR.
The results of the study will be translated into policy recommendations that could limit the negative consequences of these measures as much as possible.
The survey tool and protocol are freely available. Are you interested in knowing more or joining? Please contact 


Policy papers


Knowledge clips


Knowledge clip on medicalization of female genital mutilation/cutting

That the practice of FGM is increasingly being performed by trained health professionals, is one of the major trends in FGM/C today. The video gives a good insight in what FGM/C and medicalization of FGM/C is exactly. To showcase the complexity of medicalization of FGM/C the video gives practical examples of ongoing debates around the issue. At the end, the speakers list a set of clear recommendations for policy makers on how to take action.

With this video ANSER wants to raise awareness among all stakeholders involved in FGM/C, especially policy makers, and encourage them to make evidence based decisions.