Role of Parliamentarians in advocating for SRHR

Report
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Parliament has an important role to play
in the advocacy for SRHR
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In the past years, this role has been
facilitated by International Planned
Parenthood federation, Advance Family
Planning, Partnership for maternal,
Newborn and Child Health(PMNCH),
and the Inter Parliamentary Union, PPD
ARO.
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The 126th IPU assembly passed a
resolution on MNCH, “Access to health
as a basic right: The role of Parliaments in
addressing key challenges to securing
the health of women and children.
This revolves around four core functions.
 Representation
 Legislation
 Budgeting/ Appropriation
 Oversight and holding Governments
accountable
Parliamentarians can use this mandate to
ask ministers questions on the floor of
parliament and also sponsor motions on
matters related to SRHR.

We should use our legislative mandate to
develop a comprehensive legal framework
for SRHR.

Remove financial barriers that limit access
to health care

No matter how well laws and policies are
designed, they will not be effective if
there is no funding to support their
implementation.

Make governments accountable for
funds put in SRHR programs
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Identify gaps

Generate debate

Insufficient linkages between
Parliamentarians and other
representative groups e.g. CSOs and
Local governments.

Procedures of legislation

Lack of research

Relationship with the Executive

Late Audit reports

Identify Gaps

Give Information
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Capacity building
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Media engagement
Thank you.

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