The 2016 Regional Caucus meeting at the fourth women deliver meeting is the first of its kind; bringing together stakeholders at a sub-regional level to create networks and messages that instigate political will and action for investment in the sexual and reproductive health and well-being as well as the rights of women and girls.
The West African caucus meeting to be hosted by HACEY Health Initiative seeks to enhance collaboration based on identified national and regional priorities for the health and wellbeing of girls and women in West Africa. There is copious evidence on the inversely proportional relationship between the determinants of health and health outcomes. The tone of this meeting has therefore been set to focus on factors such as the socio economic and cultural conditions that affect the sexual and reproductive health and rights in West Africa. Themes to be covered include gender equality; sexual and reproductive health; maternal, child and adolescent health and accountability in the efforts towards improved health and wellbeing for the female gender in the region.
Although each country in the region has its unique health landscape, the peculiarities of West Africa span across all the countries in the region. Similar health issues across board include improper policy implementation, insufficient health funding, child marriage, child abduction/trafficking, child slavery, discrimination against women and different manifestations of gender inequalities in health, wealth, literacy and economic status.
Moving on from the outcomes of previous caucus meetings, the conglomeration of stakeholders will ignite further high level discussions on major priorities, strategies and actions for strengthening political will, financial commitments and other strategies for the improvement of the health status of women and girls in the region.
- The West African regional meeting aims to hold conversations on the health and wellbeing of women and girls in West Africa with the creation of regional collaboration that will aid desired action. This will be achieved via the following objectives;
- Enhance multi-stakeholder collaboration at national and regional levels based on policy priorities targeted towards the empowerment of women and girls.
- Facilitate political and financial commitments on sexual, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health
- Increase capacity of civil society, including young people, to participate and engage with government representatives about the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women via the SDGs.