Women’s health has been at the centre of many development debates over the decades, and it occupies a crucial space in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in 2015. Although built upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the new agenda has broadened the women’s health component beyond maternal mortality to include indicators related to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) as well as elimination of violence against women and practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.
The Government of India is committed to altering and creating new policies keeping the SDGs in mind, making this the correct time for civil society organisations (CSOs) to voice their concerns and recommendations.
Through this project, SAHAJ, with the support of Equal Measures 2030, has attempted to influence policy decisions in favour of more holistic and realistic plans towards achieving selected targets in six states - Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. Both the organisations worked with a host of partners to prepare reports which helped in conducting state and national level discussion as well as policy dialogue with government officials and other key stakeholders.