Advocacy

The SCTG aims to build political momentum around a joint vision of self-care, particularly in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, and advocate for its institutionalization into policy and practice. 

The SCTG’s advocacy efforts focus on affecting policy at national, regional and global levels. This means engaging with all partners and stakeholders, including related initiatives and networks. Across the breadth of the partnership at country and global levels, we hope to grow the self-care movement and employ a variety of tactics including stakeholder engagement, in-country consultations, high-level convenings and sensitization.

As a multi-stakeholder partnership, the SCTG can add value by convening partners to strengthen common messaging and coordinate strategies and activities to propel this movement forward. It can help bring together more champions, technical partners and experts; bridge advocacy efforts between the country and global levels; and leverage planned processes and events as appropriate. 

The advocacy working group

The Advocacy Working Group (AWG) leads a coordinated communications, outreach and advocacy effort to support the introduction and scale-up of self-care interventions within health systems.

This group works in concert with the Technical Working Group to build a practice for developing, sharing and applying concrete solutions for self-care in light of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) upcoming consolidated guidance on self-care for sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The Advocacy Working Group brings together Secretariat staff, SCTG members, and other partners of the SCTG to implement activities, advance work streams of the working group, share information and resources, and provide overall guidance to the SCTG’s work related to advocacy at global and national levels.

The Advocacy Working Group’s responsibilities include:

  • Promote and support the rollout of the WHO global guidelines for self-care in sexual and reproductive health. 
  • Explore and implement different advocacy and communication strategies/mechanisms to ensure the inclusion of self-care on the global development agenda, including organizing self-care themes at critical events not limited to the 2021 World Health Assembly. 
  • Advocate for the adoption of the WHO global guidelines by national governments. 
  • Advocate for the adoption of a World Health Assembly Resolution on Self-Care, which will provide recommendations to WHA member countries on the adoption of the guidelines in national health plans. 
  • Identify and recruit champions for self-care from various stakeholder groups at all levels. 
  • Create and disseminate advocacy messages targeted to various stakeholder groups – policymakers, implementers, civil society and local communities. 
  • Make the case for significant additional investment in self-care for SRHR towards empowering women and adolescents and to accelerate the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). 
  • Collaborate and communicate with in-country focal points and partners to share information, leverage resources, and coordinate actions — globally and at the country level.

Find our Terms of Reference here. 

Our Members

For a list of all members and organizations in the advocacy working group, please use the dropdown function below.

  • Christy Asala, White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)
  • Elena Ateva, WRA
  • Stephanie Bowen, WRA
  • Sonasha Braxton, Refuge Point
  • Irene Choge, Jhpiego Kenya
  • Megan Christofield, Jhpiego
  • Austen El-Osta, Imperial College London
  • Beth Frederick, John Hopkins University
  • Sandy Garcon, Population Services International (PSI)
  • Katelin Gray, PATH
  • Marielle Hart, Aidsfonds
  • Kasey Henderson,  PSI
  • Janet Holt, Hewlett Foundation
  • David Imbago, Ipas
  • Clive Ingleby, VSO
  • Amanda Kalamar, PSI
  • Kristy Kade, WRA
  • Evalin Karijo,  Y-ACT
  • Vania Kibui, Y-ACT
  • Stephanie Kim, PSI
  • Shanzeh Mahmood,  Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Darwin Mbonsi
  • Tanvi Monga, Ipas
  • Pierre Moon, PSI
  • Sam Mulyanga, Jhpiego
  • Salome Njiri, Jhpiego
  • Jenny Njuki, Amref Health Africa
  • Charles Olaro, Ministry of Health Uganda
  • Diana Santana, Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Karen Sommer Shalett, PSI
  • Anne Sorensen, VSO International
  • Sylvia Wamugi, AMREF
  • Linda Weisert, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Leigh Wynne, FHI360
  • Trinity Zan,  FHI360