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The International Women's Day (IWD) in Burkina Faso is often an opportunity to express the joy of a whole nation because there is an improvement in women's rights. Improvements are made in several areas (social-health, economics, politics...).

In Burkina Faso, a reference framework for change in women's rights, the Beijing Action Program (BAP), allows changes to be measured in all areas. Other frameworks for reflection exist and in 2021, the national meeting of the Forum Génération Egalité held from May 20 to 21, 2021 was an opportunity to review women's rights.

Business and Professional Women (BPW) Burkina monitors all of this and on the occasion of the IWD we are pleased with the progress made in the area of sexual and reproductive health.

Doctor Josiane OUEDRAOGO provides an update in the table below (extract from the national meeting Generation Equality Forum held on May 20-21, 2021).



















Main strategies implemented by Burkina Faso in SRH  

Integration of Family Planning (FP) into the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES)

Development of the National Family Planning Acceleration Plan (PNAPF2017-2020) and the new 2021-2025 plan being developed

Family Planning task delegation policy

Adoption of the policy on free FP care and services

Revision of the public health code and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) policies, standards and protocols

Cervical cancer control policies and initiatives (free screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions, since 2016 the prospect of introducing the human papilloma virus infection vaccine into routine vaccination…)

Three Transforming Results (3RT)

  • Zero maternal death
  • zero unmet need for family planning (FP)
  • zero gender-based violence

Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent-youth, and Nutrition Health (RMNCAH)










Burkina Faso commitments to sexual and reproductive health

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

 Burkina Faso's commitments at ICPD+25 in Nairobi

FP2020 commitments and ongoing FP 2030 ongoing re-engagement

Agenda 2063 of the African Union

African Union Roadmap on " Leveraging the Demographic Dividend by Investing in Youth

  • As a leader in SRH in the sub-region, Burkina Faso is part of the "Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights" coalition of the Generation Equality Forum (GEF). Coalitions for Action (CA) are global and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships, bringing together states, international organizations, civil society and youth organizations, businesses and private sector philanthropic foundations. They are coalitions for the completion of tangible, ambitious and immediate targeted actions over the period 2020-2025, in order to have a real impact on gender equality and the rights of girls/women.


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