SNI Position paper: Covid-19, SRHR, and Gender Equality

Share-Net International presents a Policy Note on Covid-19, SRHR, and Gender Equality, in response to the global Covid-19 Pandemic that arrived in 2020.

Welcome to the July 2022 edition of the Share-Net International (SNI) newsletter! Since our last update in April most parts of the world have thankfully opened up. We are extremely glad that we could go out and meet some of you face-to face again, in the Netherlands where our secretariat is based, and also in Jordan. After nearly two years as Coordinator for Share-Net International, I went on my very first work trip to Share-Net Jordan, it was great! We learned a lot, discussed sensitive topics, saw great work, and participated in the launch of two very interesting studies, which you can read in the Resources section below. It was an amazing trip after such a long time, with an extremely welcoming and hospitable Share-Net Jordan Team. Shukran!

On another note, we are deeply saddened to hear of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, removing the constitutional right to abortion in the US. The implications are astonishingly worrying for the SRHR world and reproductive rights. You can read our full statement in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

As always theres lots going on at SNI. Nearly all 15 Activation Grantees have started their projects, we have completed the second SHIRIM cycle on knowledge translation with the theme SRHR information and education, and we are packing our bags for the upcoming 2022 Co-Creation Conference in Colombia, where we are working on Access to Quality SRHR Information. We are very much looking forward to meeting some of you online and face-to-face there!

We have also submitted our Annual Report, and our Mid-Term Review is finalised with a very rich report, full of useful recommendations. These recommendations will soon be shared and taken forward into the process of updating our Strategic Plan. In October, we will discuss this during our Annual Business Meeting, which coincides with the third SHIRIM cycle where we invite representatives of the Share-Net country secretariats to the Netherlands. But first the Co-Creation Conference!

We hope you enjoy all the updates and resources below, and reading some great SRHR articles!

Dorine Thomissen | Coordinator of Share-Net International

Share-Net Updates

SNI Statement: Roe Vs. Wade Overturned

On June 24 2022, the US Supreme Court overturned Roe vs Wade, removing the constitutional right to abortion in the US. This has deep implications for health and reproductive rights in the US and globally. It is a violation of fundamental human rights for women and pregnant people internationally; ensuring that abortion will become illegal or highly restricted in many US states, criminalising women and pregnant people, and entering an era of unsafe abortion. Read our full statement in English, French, Spanish, and ArabicRoe-v-Wade-overturned

Talking about Menstruation: The Moon phase and More!

"Some might call it occupational deformation, yet my children (13 and 6 years-old) and I love to talk about MENSTRUATION!"

In May it was international Menstrual Health Day - read our blog post by SNI Coordinator Dorine Thomissen for some tips and funny anecdotes on talking about periods!1-May-28-2022-12-44-45-65-AM

Share-Net Jordan Spring Update

In Amman, Share-Net Jordan have been busy over the past months, with many policy and position paper launches, three new Communities of Practice,  participation in conferences and SRHR meetings, and hosting the SNI secretariat for a country visit! They also welcomed a new intern to the team, Siqiao Liang, who is currently studying an Undergraduate Degree at the New York University in Abu Dhabi. Read the full update hereShare-Net-Jordan-policy-launch-event-June-2022

SN-Burundi Spring Update

SN-BurundiIn May, Share-Net Burundi held a live Instagram debate about demystifying Menstrual Health with Miss Burundi 2022, Kelly Ngaruko, held discussion on promoting the role of youth in SRHR, participated in a debate about breaking menstrual hygeine taboos with the Burundian First Lady, and lots more. Read the exciting update here.

Co-Creation Conference 2022

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The 2022 Co-Creation Conference is about to start - our Hybrid on- and off-line conference kicks off in just a few days in Bogatá, Colombia, on July 4 2002.

Check out the full program, narrative review, speakers and more at and watch our latest video explaining the 2022 themes below! 

How to get your first article published 

Figure-3-SHIRIM-Field-Action-ReportAre you curious about the academic or scientific publication process, or looking for some tips about how to write and publish your first journal article?

In April, Share-Net International’s Kimberley Meijers published her first article - Using a Rapid Knowledge Translation Approach for Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, and Jordan - in the journal Global Health: Science and Practice. You can read Kimberley's full guide for writing and publishing your first article here!

Covid-19 X SRHR Resources: 40+ articles, commentaries, & thought pieces

Recently we compiled an overview our current resources focusing on SRHR information in the context of Covid-19. You can find an overview of the resources here.


SN-Burkina Faso Spring Update

Are you curious about what our country hub Share-Net Burkina Faso has been up to recently? Here are four key updates, including capacity strengthening for access to menstrual health information, a steering committee meeting, a youth empowerment workshop for social media & SRHR, and a presentation cafe promoting Share-Net Burkina Faso, initiated by the Dutch Ambassador to Burkina, Esther Loeffen. More hereSNBF-5

SRHR News, Opportunities & Updates

Share-Net Jordan: Policy Brief Launches 

Share-Net Jordan recently launched two policy briefs in an extended presentation attended by the Jordanian Ministry of Health, various international bodies, and civil society institutions:

  • The impact of social and economic factors and gender dynamics of women and girls' sexual and reproductive health in Jerash Governorate
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on obtaining and access to family planning information and services in Jordan.

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Call for Abstracts: SNBA Knowledge Fair 2022

Do you want to present your work at Share-Net Bangladesh's annual knowledge fair? Their call for abstracts is now open! This years theme is Access to SRHR information in urban settings. The annual event brings young people and professionals in SRHR together to exchange knowledge and advocate for SRHR causes. For more information, read the full call hereSNBD-_call_for_abstract-01

Call for applications: Red Umbrella Fund Grants

The Red Umbrella fund's 2022 grant call for applications is open! Sex-worker led organisations and networks from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. Full details are available here. Deadline for applications: 24 July 2022.  288735112_5163173470430470_8947382188479844523_n

EQUINET Online Conference: Equity in Health in East & Southern Africa, 2022

EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa, is organising an online conference over 4 days throughout 2022. Equinet's network is made up of professionals, civil society, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realise shared values of equity and social justice in health. Read more and register here.equititle

WHO Survey: Social Accountability in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health during COVID-19

The WHO's Community of Practice on Measuring Social Accountability and Health Outcomes, are documenting how practitioners have responded and adapted to COVID-19 context and settings. They've prepared an online survey for social accountability practitioners/researchers working in Sexual & Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health - share your experiences here!World_Health_Organization_Logo

What are Men's SRHR needs?

paul-v3Share-Net Netherlands recently published a position paper on men's sexual and reproductive health and rights. Paul Janssen, who led the development of the paper (and hosted a webinar which you can watch online) spoke to about the key issues the paper explores, in the article What are Men's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights needs?

#ICFP2022 Registration Now Open!

The International Conference on Family Planning 2022 has gone hybrid! Registration is now open for you to join the largest family planning and SRHR conference in-person in Thailand or online. If you can't attend the full conference, there's also ICFP Live - a free community program  live from Pattaya - more info hereICFP-Core-Organizing-Group-10

Young Researcher Grantees Announced

Two master's students have been selected for Share-Net Bangladesh's 2022 Young Researcher Fellowship grants.  Taspia Mohammed Marina will conduct research the project: Puberty Crisis: A Qualitative Study on Sex Education and Contraceptive Knowledge among Female Adolescents in Rural Area of Sunamganj, Bangladesh, while Abdullah Al Zubayer will conduct research on Access to SRHR information for the Adolescents: The perspectives from grassroot areas from Barishal District of Bangladesh. Read the full report here.ResearchFellowship_WINNERS_2022_FB_Cover_FB_Cover-copy

Mama Cash is Hiring x2 Co-Executive Directors

copy_of_po-economic_justiceWhat an amazing opportunity! Mama-Cash, the feminist fund that supports women, girls, transgender, and intersex peoples movements around the world has created TWO new positions for the role of Co-Executive Director.

View the full vacancy here, and don't forget to check the SNI vacancies page for more SRHR jobs & opportunities.

SRHR glossary in Bangla

Are you looking for SRHR terms in Bengali? Often, Google translate and other services might seem useful but can provide incorrect or unclear translations of SRHR terms from English to Bengali. To solve this, Share-Net Bangladesh created an app - the SRHR Dictionary in Bangla - download it from the Google Play store or scan the QR code below!



Latest SRHR Resources & Articles

Share-Net Jordan: Effects of social and economic factors and gender dynamics on the SRH of women and girls in the Jerash Governorate, a quantitative & qualitative study

The Higher Population Council and Share-Net Jordan have release a new policy brief, click the image below to read more.

Improving indicators of womens & girls SRH in the Jerash Governate 2021


Using a Rapid Knowledge Translation Approach for Better SRHR in Bangladesh, Burundi, Indonesia, and Jordan

Share-Net International is pleased to share the field-action report by our Country Coordinator & Knowledge Expert, Kimberley Meijers.Figure-9-SHIRIM-Field-Action-Report

The Nexus between Climate-Induced Displacement and Violence Against Women & Girls: Evidence from Disaster Prone Areas of Bangladesh

This research examines climate-induced displacement and its effect on violence against women in Bangladesh. The study unpacks the consequences of climate change, and the vulnerabilities, insecurities, psychological distresses this causes, alongside the socio-cultural, economic, and political factors that gradually trigger violence against women among the displaced populace. 1-4

GBV Induced by Climate Change

1-1"Violence Against Women (VAW) is a common global phenomenon, and happens both in the east and the west. There is a complex relationship between gender and climate change."

This latest knowledge product by Share-Net Bangladesh's CoP on Gender Based Violence presents a comprehensive overview of climate-change induced GBV in Bangladesh, Read the full report here

Two studies: Community Based Psychosocial Approach to Sexual & Gender Based Violence

The Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft / Swiss Development Agency have released two studies on SGBV in English and French. 

1. Solidarité et guérison : de l’importance de la communauté dans la lutte contre les violences sexuelles et basées sur le genre Expérience acquise dans la région des Grands Lacs africains par le Programme Psychosocial Régional de la Coopération Suisse

2. Dealing with the wounds of life, how men are changing in the Great Lakes region. Screenshot 2022-06-30 at 15.33.12

Share-Net-Bangladesh: Infertility in an SRHR lens: Policy and Practice

The study was conducted in response to Share-Net Bangladesh’s aim to bring together members of their infertility CoP, to engage with one another to find solutions and take critical issues forward, developing a knowledge product about infertility in Bangladesh. Continue reading...



Mapping Climate Change Related Vulnerabilities & Child Marriage in Bangladesh

"Bangladesh has the third-highest rate of child marriage in the world, such that every year nearly four million girls are married before the age of 18. There are many factors responsible for this complex social problem to perpetuate in Bangladeshi society."

This new report has been released Share-Net Bangladesh's CoP on Child Marriage - read the full document here.


Share-Net Policy Note: Covid-19, SRHR, and Gender Equality

Share-Net International presents a Policy Note on Covid-19, SRHR, and Gender Equality, in response to the global Covid-19 Pandemic that arrived in 2020. This policy paper brings forward stories and experiences of communities, as they tried to survive through the pandemic while at the same time struggling with accessing fundamental SRHR needs.Screenshot-2022-05-23-at-14.58.03


GBV in Dutch Printed Media

"Screenshot-2022-04-28-at-10.18.44Gender inequality underpins GBV. The way  GBV is framed in the media directly affects the way society perceives and evaluates the phenomenon. The representation of the complexity of gender inequality, the wider context of violence, the impact on survivors, and the competing narratives of ‘victimhood’ against the need to recognise the intersectionality and power dynamics underlying GBV, need to be handled with care, thought and specialist guidance."

With this in mind, the Share-Net Netherlands’ Community of Practice on GBV set out to gain a better understanding on the status of GBV reporting in Dutch printed media. You can read their full report in Dutch or English

Perceptions on the Effect of Climate Change on Child Marriage in Bhola 

An estimated 150M girls are at-risk of child-marriage (CM) in the South and South-East Asia region - UNICEF has identified CM as a major outcome of climate change, with girls becoming more vulnerable to CM and trafficking. This special report was created by Share-Net Bangladesh's young researchers of the year 2021, Mansura Islam and Md. Sabbir Ahmed, with quantitive research gathered from four community levels (individual, familial, community, societal), and a social ecological model created.1-2

SRHR of “Last Mile” Adolescents

zrhm21.v030.i01.cover_Globally, significant progress has been made in the realm of adolescent SRH. We conceptualised “last mile” adolescents as having two or more of the following factors of identity: refugee, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQIA+, out of school, rurally or remotely located, slum dwelling, incarcerated or previously incarcerated, HIV/AIDS infected, or living with a disability. The review synthesises evidence and identifies research gaps in literature pertaining to SRHR of last mile adolescents. Continue reading...

Do you have something to share in our next edition in October 2022? Email to submit a feature! 

With Warm Regards,

The Share-Net International Team