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annual report 2016 – strategic engagements: moving the SRHR agenda forward

ARROW Annual Report 2016 Web_001

The year 2016 presented a complex global economic, social, and environmental landscape which was challenging to navigate through. In order to successfully carry forward our key agenda of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all, ARROW deliberated with partners and allies on a new strategic plan that will guide our work from 2017 until 2021. Integrating SRHR into developmental endeavours—especially the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—remain our ultimate goal. We continued to advocate for SRHR in key intersectional areas: climate change, food security and nutrition, religious fundamentalism, disability, and mental health. These intersectional works enabled the production of evidence-based, far-reaching knowledge products with fresh perspectives that are relevant to the current regional and global outlooks. Our collaboration with national and community-based women’s rights organisations, as well as regional and global feminist networks, has allowed us to strategically accelerate women’s rights in the region. Further, our work with the youth constituency enables young people to meaningfully participate in the Agenda 2030 as change agents and leaders. All of these efforts and more are captured in this 2016 Annual Report.