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Gendered Governance in the Provision of Voluntary Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare in the East African Region

This webinar was held on November 18, 2020. If you missed it, you can watch the recording on Zoom. Passcode: =#25x*^E

Webinar on gendered governance in East Africa

Gendered governance is the analysis of decision making structures between women and men, from the household to the public and private sector. Over the past decade, there have been major improvements in the global representation of women in political, educational, and economic contexts. Despite this progress, power dynamics still rule much of the voluntary family planning and reproductive health sector, especially amongst East Africa. Men lead much of the decision making in this sector, leaving women with little to no choice regarding contraception and available contraceptive methods.

For women, the COVID-19 era has driven a rise in domestic violence, unplanned pregnancies, and restrictions to adequate health services. To reduce these inequalities, more discourse is needed on the significance of gendered governance in the provision of reproductive health care and voluntary family planning in East Africa.

Key Objectives:

  • To hold conversation about power dynamics in the East Africa Region that hinder access to voluntary FP/RH care.
  • To discuss how the intersection of the current governance landscape, gender equity, and the health sector impact voluntary FP/RH care in four East African countries.
  • To suggest policy measures that will improve the gender parity and empower women to make voluntary FP/RH decisions.


  • Frederick Mubiru (Moderator), Research Utilization/FP Technical Advisor for FHI 360, Uganda
  • Evelyn Samba, County Director for DSW, Kenya
  • Dr. Anna Temba, Senior Technical Advisor for FP/RH at USAID Boresha Afya, Tanzania
  • James Mlali, Advocacy Technical Manager for Advance Family Planning (AFP), Tanzania
  • Vadestine Izere Mugeni, SRHR Coordinator for the Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development (GLIHD), Rwanda

This webinar is made possible by the support of the American People through the U.S. Agency for International Development under the Knowledge SUCCESS (Strengthening Use, Capacity, Collaboration, Exchange, Synthesis, and Sharing) Project Cooperative Agreement No. 7200AA19CA00001 with the Johns Hopkins University. Knowledge SUCCESS is supported by USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health and led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with Amref Health Africa, The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics (Busara), and FHI 360. The information provided in this webinar are the sole responsibility of Knowledge SUCCESS and does not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, the U.S. Government, or the Johns Hopkins University.

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