Regional Presence

Regionalisation ensures our members’ active and meaningful participation for promoting women's reproductive rights in all continents. It gives more power and autonomy to the members and allows for stronger coordination in the regional and sub-regional levels.  It also gives a better space for members to pressure their governments, via strong voices and common agendas based on their local needs. The regionalisation strategy and the location of WGNRR in the regions has enabled us to understand better the issues, and the opportunities for strengthening campaigns resulting in active defence and promotion of SRHR.
 
To reflect this strategy, our regional work is organised across the regions of Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. 
 
 
Asia and the Pacific 
 
The Asia Pacific region has strong movements for social change with focus issues varying from national and sub-regional contexts. WGNRR have strong linkages with women and SRHR movements in the region while also building connections amongst human rights, indigenous, sex workers, dalits focused movements. WGNRR also support our members in the region to establish national networks for SRHR, safe abortion and youth SRHR. 
 
Our activities in the region include strengthening advocacy skills and building the capacities of our members for advancing SRHR including access to safe and legal abortion, removal of social barriers to safe abortion, among others. We encourage our members to translate, adapt and promote the global our campaigns into their own local contexts. We also have strong alliance with SRHR networks in the region such as ARROW, ASAP and PHM.
 
For more information on our work in this region, contact Marevic Parcon on marevic@wgnrr.org 
 
 
Africa 
 
There is a strong need for combined advocacy through the creation and support for networks and alliances across African countries on issues of abortion and access to contraceptives. For this reason, WGNRR focuses on strengthening networks and building the capacity of local partners, while supporting them to carry out effective regional and international advocacy. Recently, eight organisations agreed to join forces to form a regional abortion advocacy network. It includes strategic partners from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, and South Africa and is being coordinated by the WGNRR Regional Office. We have focused on strengthening national alliances of members’ network and other SRHR networks/platforms committed to influence their local SRHR policies. For example, in Tanzania Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF) project partners were linked to two platforms of Hivos’ partners and FOKUS’ partners.  
 
For more information on our work in this region, contact Nondo Ebuela Ejano on africa_officer@wgnrr.org
 
Latin America and the Caribbean 
 
Since the region already has strong women’s and SRHR movements, WGNRR has focused on creating alliances with regional networks here. We share membership and carry out joint activities with our sister organisation, the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network, in order to avoid duplication of our work, and to expand our reach. We play a key role in this region, bringing the regional movement messages and lessons to global advocacy spaces, as well as facilitating sharing of success in other regions. Massive mobilisations also take place in Latin America on May 28th, when the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network annually issues a Call for Action and encourages member groups to mobilise in order to commemorate the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. 
 
For more information on our work in this region, contact Vanessa Coria Castilla on vanessa@wgnrr.org 
 
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
 
As a fairly new region for WGNRR, we focus on a building collaborative effort in strengthening advocacy skills and building alliances in the light the rising fundamentalist pressure. We organise a yearly collaboration with the ASTRA network for the September 28 campaign. This translates mainly in their adoption of our campaign materials and staging local actions in Poland together with the leading local organisations. Further to this, we have active members in Macedonia, Romania and Armenia who mobilise on the Calls for Action for both May 28 and September 28.
 
We also explore collaboration with the regional chapter of ICMA, Eastern European Alliance for Reproductive Choice. Since they are a regional leg of the network mainly focused on access to medical abortion we brought in the advocacy aspect of abortion work. An example of this collaboration was an abortion advocacy workshop held in March 2012 in Kiev.
 
For more information on our work in this region, contact Irina Otmakhova on irina@wgnrr.org