Rights-based family planning: Collaboration for acceleration

Expanding access to contraception has never been just about health, but fundamentally changing the status of women and girls in society, write EngenderHealth's Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw and FP2020's Beth Schlachter in this commentary. How can reproductive health and rights be strengthened?

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About the authors

  • Beth Schlachter

    As executive director, Beth Schlachter works to monitor and report on global and country progress in meeting FP2020 goals. Beth joined FP2020 in 2014 with more than 15 years of experience as a career foreign affairs officer working for the U.S. government in multilateral and bilateral contexts. She served most recently as the senior population policy advisor in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State. In this capacity she coordinated the U.S. government’s participation in the global 20-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development and served as a lead negotiating delegate at various sessions of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development and the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
  • Yetnayet Asfaw

    Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw is vice president for strategy and impact at EngenderHealth. She has more than 15 years of global reproductive health experience in her native country of Ethiopia. Until recently, Asfaw was EngenderHealth’s Ethiopia country director where she oversaw highly successful programs in the country. In previous positions, she led and managed diverse health and development programs, major health projects funded by USAID and private donors. She previously consulted for the government of Ethiopia, the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Ethiopia.