To our friends, partners, members and allies,
We are delighted to share our annual report for 2016, providing an overview of WGNRR’s work over the past year. In many ways, 2016 was a year of great accomplishments for WGNRR, among them the very successful September 28 Step into Our Shoes Campaign, which reached an audience of 3 million users online; and the consolidation of WGNRR’s presence in Africa with our official registration in Tanzania. We also continued to have strong engagement at the grassroots level, supporting our members and partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Tanzania, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Kenya, and Uganda. In the Philippines, WGNRR together with the Philippines Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (PINSAN) continued to make great strides in our efforts to counter abortion stigma in the country. In partnership with our local partners at the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN), we launched a number of regional and global campaigns, while also providing support and solidarity to women’s rights advocates in the region. And globally, we continued our engagement in the 2030 Agenda related processes, actively collaborating with partners to advance collective advocacy and ensure the strongest possible SRHR-related outcomes.
As the global geo-political context threatens to become increasingly regressive, the struggle for realizing SRHR as human rights worldwide will no doubt become even more challenging. However, we at WGNRR stand ready and committed to seeking and strengthening partnerships, and consolidating our work on advocacy, campaigning, networking and capacity building, so as to counter rising conservatisms, as well as both retain and advance the significant gains in SRHR advocacy around the world. We also consider it critical that we continue to maintain our focus in advocating for even the most stigmatized SRHR issues, such as access to safe abortion services, and access to contraceptives for young women and adolescent girls. In this regard we see networking and ongoing collaboration as all the more crucial, and look forward to both building and continuing strong alliances with our partners.
The WGNRR team.