Over the years, many able and distinguished people have contributed their energy, intelligence and creativity to WHRAP
. We would like to thank them:
The WHRAP partnership strategy is based on the following elements: 1.
WHRAP South Asia has shown that this kind of focused investment in grassroots capacity building for evidence-based and rights-based advocacy has yielded results important enough for other national level advocacy networks to take notice of, participate in, or adopt themselves.
In South Asia, the entry point of WHRAP's advocacy strategy is to empower marginalized women so that they can obtain access to SRHR programmes and services, primarily related to maternal health rights and the rights of young people.
An important aspect of WHRAP's advocacy is in achieving a measure of control over decision-making related to SRHR programmes and services at the local level.
WHRAP South Asia defines its advocacy partnership as one which is committed to ensuring the accountability of duty bearers at all levels--local, national and regional --to providing the information, access and services as committed to within national and international documents, including the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo).
In 2005, the momentum of WHRAP resulted in the establishment of a Regional Task Force on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, involving the membership of high-level government delegates as well as WHRAP NGO partners.
This book contains the national status reports on maternal health and young people's SRHR, which were prepared by WHRAP's six national NGO partners as a baseline upon which to build WHRAP's multi-tiered advocacy.
We are indebted to our country partners, whose work continues to inspire others, both inside and outside the WHRAP partnership.
We would also like to thank all the consultants and resource persons who have worked with WHRAP over the years, and given so much critical guidance that has sharpened our learning curve and increased the impact of our work.