2016 Annual Report

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Strategic Engagements: Moving the SRHR Agenda Forward

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Reflections from the Executive Director

"We will continue to consolidate our position as a global leader from the Global South on feminist, human rights-based approaches to protecting, promoting, and fulfilling SRHR to ensure that the voices and perspectives from the region continue to be advanced in global arenas."

"Ultimately, in these difficult and trying contexts, the best defence for the women’s rights and the SRHR agenda will come from an organised, cohesive, collaborative, innovative, and engaged movement."

ARROW Executive Director Sivananthi Thanenthiran reflects on the organisation’s accomplishments in 2016 in pushing the global SRHR agenda forward and provides a vision of ARROW’s future strategic engagements—with partners, allies, and the youth—to achieve SRHR for all.

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Sivananthi Thanenthiran

ARROW Executive Director Sivananthi Thanenthiran addressing the United Nations General Assembly on 21 April 2016, during the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Photo credit: UN Photo

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Our Work and Global Reach in 2016

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Networks and Committees We Work With or Are Part of:

  • 8th and 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) International Steering Committee
  • ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People's Forum 2016 (ACSC/APF) Regional Steering Committee
  • Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (AP-RCEM)
  • AP-RCEM Thematic Working Group on SRHR, Gender and Sexuality
  • Asia-Pacific Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)
  • Asia-Pacific Women's Watch (APWW)
  • Asian Rural Women's Coalition (ARWC)
  • Association for Women in Development (AWID)
  • Civil Society Platform to Promote SRHR Beyond 2015
  • Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR)
  • Feminist Alliance for Rights (formerly the Post-2015 Women's Coalition)
  • Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN)
  • Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition (GNRtFN)
  • Observatory on Universality of Rights (OURs)
  • Population and Sustainable Development Alliance (PSDA)
  • Reproductive Rights Advocacy Alliance Malaysia (RRAAM)
  • Right to Food and Nutrition Watch Editorial Board
  • UNFPA Global Civil Society Advisory Panel
  • Unzip the Lips
  • UN NGO Major Group
  • UN Women's Major Group
  • Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
  • Women Working Group for Financing for Development
  • Youth Leadership Working Group

Advancing Our Interlinked Advocacies

As the international community embraces a new Sustainable Development Agenda, ARROW carried on with amplifying advocacies at various levels and fronts. We persisted in presenting alternative frameworks that consider gender, rights-based, and Southern perspectives and use an intersectionality lens while also taking into consideration emerging threats and obstacles to women’s health and rights.

STRATEGIC GLOBAL SRHR ENGAGEMENTS

In 2016, ARROW ensured a strong presence at high-level international platforms to contribute much-needed feminist perspectives and direction in global policy dialogues, highlighting that SRHR is pivotal to achieve the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We also ensured a focus on SRHR in monitoring human rights mechanisms.

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CHALLENGING RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISMS

ARROW works to counter the negative impact of extremist and fundamentalist forces by understanding and mapping how extreme interpretations of religion have affected women’s lives and rolled back past gains made on SRHR.

In 2016, ARROW and partners gained further ground in challenging religious fundamentalisms through strengthening the evidence and knowledge base around these issues, participation on international and regional fora, and forging strong national, regional, and global partnerships.

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RESPONDING TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE

Climate extreme events affect all humans and more so women and girls, aggravating their existing vulnerabilities. While there is a recognition of the linkages between climate change and gender, this has not been translated adequately to gender-responsive policies and programmes inclusive of women’s rights, including their SRHR.

ARROW used international platforms to raise awareness on the added challenge that climate change brings to the achievement of SRHR, forged partnerships with like-minded organisations, and developed knowledge products to support advocacy at all levels.

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ARROW at the Strategising Workshop of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) CSO Group (26-27 February 2016).

SUSTAINING ADVOCACY ON THE RIGHT TO FOOD

ARROW’s engagement on the links of SRHR with the rights to food and nutrition continues through sustaining our interactions and advocacy with various relevant networks and platforms.

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Organisers and participants of the CREA-ARROW-ADF workshop Advancing Gender Equality of Women and Girls with Disabilities.

SUPPORTING DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCACY

ARROW and CREA collaborated on an initiative with the ASEAN Disability Forum to build capacity of a group of disability rights activists and practitioners on inclusive advocacy for women with disabilities’ SRHR.

EXPLORING LINKS WITH MENTAL HEALTH

ARROW started a new area of work on the intersections of SRHR, sexuality, and mental health in collaboration with Anjali Mental Health Rights Organisation, a Kolkata-based organisation working on the right to positive mental health.

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Regional and Global Interventions

"ARROW strives to enable all women to be equal citizens in all aspects of their lives by ensuring that their sexual and reproductive health and rights are achieved."

Pushing Partnerships Forward

ARROW’s partnership work in 2016 involved collective strategising for the new sustainable development agenda, strengthening SRHR partners’ advocacy capacity, calling for accountability in delivering quality health services, and enabling young people as the next generation of SRHR advocates.

COLLECTIVE STRATEGISING FOR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

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At the Rearticulating Our Feminist Struggles Meeting, July 2016, Kuala Lumpur.

ARROW’s “Rearticulating Our Feminist Struggles—Strategising for Change in the 2030 Agenda World” resulted in a feminist framework that recognises and strategises against systemic inequalities, prioritises marginalised groups, and identifies issues left behind as well as emerging issues related to SRHR.

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STRENGTHENING SRHR PARTNER CAPACITY IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The “Strengthening the Networking, Knowledge Management, and Advocacy Capacity of an Asia Pacific Network for SRHR,” a 15-country initiative, aims to strengthen ARROW’s network to contribute to increased effectiveness of SRHR policies and improved SRHR of marginalised women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.

The partners developed 15 country profiles providing a status report on the achievement of universal access to sexual and reproductive health, with the Bangladesh, Maldives, and Vietnam being completed in 2016. They also organised national policy dialogues to influence policy makers to support policymaking, programming, and fund allocation for universal access to SRHR.

UNIVERSALITY OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS

ARROW’s Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Rights initiative aims to ensure that sexual and reproductive rights, often seen as too contentious compared to health issues, are part of national level discussions.

ARROW’s 14 partners developed country profiles on sexual and reproductive rights, with the Bangladesh, Maldives, and Vietnam profiles completed in 2016.

CALLING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN DELIVERING QUALITY SERVICES IN SOUTH ASIA

The “Strengthening the Networking, Knowledge Management, and Advocacy Capacity of an Asia Pacific Network for SRHR,” a 15-country initiative, aims to strengthen ARROW’s network to contribute to increased effectiveness of SRHR policies and improved SRHR of marginalised women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.

The Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership (WHRAP)-South Asia, an ARROW-initiated partnership, advocates for a rights-based continuum of quality care in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. Now in the third year of Phase IV of the project (January 2014-December 2017), WHRAP-South Asia continues to be implemented in collaboration with partner international, regional, national, and community organisations.

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STRENGTHENING YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN SRHR ADVOCACY

ARROW believes that young people are critical in achieving sustainable development as a key constituency who have unique challenges and issues. In 2016, ARROW scaled up and further expanded her work with young people through partnership initiatives that heavily focus on capacity strengthening, evidence-based and rights-based advocacy, and meaningful youth participation. ARROW implemented two projects under this work: the Right Here, Right Now partnership, and Building the Next Generation of Movement Leaders and Organisations in South Asia for Young People’s Sexual andReproductive Health and Rights initiative.

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Generating Evidence

ARROW charts progress on international commitments on health, gender, sexuality, and rights to generate crucial evidence for our advocacies. Apart from knowledge production for its various advocacies, ARROW did the following to generate evidence on SRHR progress.

Integrating SRHR into the 2030 Agenda.ARROW brought together 12 partners to develop country monitoring and advocacy plans for the integration of SRHR in national development plans. In 2016, AIDS Accountability International continued their advocacy work in six African countries is developing an African SRHR Scorecard.

Comprehensive Sexuality Education for the Youth. ARROW organised a three-day workshop for 15 partners to examine the progress made since ICPD, identify restrictions hindering governments from fully committing to CSE, and discuss how partners would want to take work on CSE forward.

SRHR Database of Indicators. ARROW’s database was updated to provide the latest data on SRHR monitoring indicators across 50 countries from the Global South to measure the progress towards achieving SRHR.

Innovating Information and Communication

ARROW amplified its SRHR engagements by fully implementing our information and communications strategy and boosting our knowledge management capacity. We also continued to develop knowledge products that advance the SRHR agenda from Global South feminist and rights-based perspectives.

REVITALISED KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

ARROW’s refreshed knowledge management strategy makes use of an integrated approach in capturing, distributing, and effectively utilising its organisational information and knowledge assets.

ARROW is digitising its SRHR Knowledge Sharing Centre, known as ASK-us, which will provide free, online information on women’s health and SRHR. To date, the ASK-us collection consists of 28,175 publications.

BETTER KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION AND SHARING

ARROW developed more knowledge products for both print and online platforms and implemented new and innovative ways of online marketing and dissemination. ARROW’s knowledge products are available in limited print editions or can be downloaded for free at the ARROW website.

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Infographics. An infographic on female genital mutilation and another on reproductive cancers were developed as part of ARROW’s efforts in stimulating existing knowledge, sharing the content in a “simpler” form to cater to a more diverse audience.

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INTENSIFIED ONLINE ENGAGEMENTS

New media, online communications, and related technologies continue to be great information and communication tools. ARROW’s online presence has become and continues to be one of its greatest strengths over the years and has allowed for a high level of engagement between activists and the general public.

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Top 5 Knowledge Products Distributed in 2016

  • ARROW for Change on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and the Internet
  • USB of ARROW Publications 1994-2016
  • ARROW for Change on Gender, SRHR & the Post 2015 Agenda
  • ARROW for Change on Linking Poverty, Food Sovereignty and Security, and SRHR
  • Taking a Broader View: Addressing Maternal Health in the Context of Food and Nutrition Security and Poverty (Thematic Paper)
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Improving Organisational Performance

As a women’s rights organisation, ARROW follows management practices that reflect feminist principles and contributes toward strengthening the women’s health and rights movement in the Asia and Pacific region and globally.

EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME MONITORING AND EVALUATION

ARROW conducts monitoring and evaluation of its programmes for better results by measuring programme outputs, outcomes, and impact. ARROW has also invested in a Management Information System to ensure that planning, monitoring, and evaluations of learnings happen across the organisation and across time.

BETTER ADMINISTRATIVE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND SYSTEMS

ARROW places high priority on continuously investing in human resources management and systems to ensure the organisation runs efficiently, while assuring staff development and satisfaction.

STRATEGIC GOVERNANCE AND PROGRAMMATIC GUIDANCE

ARROW is governed by its Board of Directors, committed activists and feminists, and experienced women leaders with expertise in leading organisations. In 2016, putting in practice its commitment to youth leadership, ARROW added a youth board member. Meanwhile, the nine-member Programme Advisory Committee, a committed set of activists knowledgeable about SRHR issues in the region, provides programmatic advice and sets direction for action. In 2016, both bodies were critically involved in the development of the new organisational five-year strategic plan.

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INCREASED FINANCIAL EFFICIENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

In 2016, ARROW delivered about USD 2.1 M investments for the SRHR agenda. Through more effective programmes, strategic governance, and financial efficiency and accountability, ARROW aims to deliver on the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2012-2016.

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"Grounding our work on the day-to-day realities of communities through our engagement with community-based, national, regional, and international partners, we ensure that our SRHR advocacy is relevant to those who matter."

Moving Forward: ARROW’s Strategic Plan 2017-2021

The new Strategic Plan 2017-2021 provides ARROW and her partners a clear path for the next five years toward achieving our vision of an equal, just, and equitable world, where every woman enjoys her full sexual and reproductive health and right.

ARROW’S NEW CRITICAL AREAS OF WORK

  • Universality of sexual and reproductive rights
  • Advancing universal access to quality sexual and reproductive health services
  • Emerging issues impacting gender and sexual and reproductive rights
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ARROW’S NEW PROGRAMMES

  • Monitoring and Evidence-Generation for Change
  • Mobilising Communities for SRR Accountability
  • Building New Constituencies for SRHR
  • Information and Communications for Change
  • Advocacy

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