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The caravan experience: How Al Azhar is
influencing views of Muslim leaders
regarding family planning, reproductive
health...
The International Islamic Center for
Population Studies and Research, was
founded at Al-Azhar University in 1975 in
collab...
 In order to enhance a dialogue among Muslim
Scholars, the IICPSR developed a wide range
of materials and programs. These...
Summary of the Activities
Training and advocacy Materials
-Children in Islam
-Roots of MDGs in Islam
-Population Policies, Reproductive Health
and G...
Training of trainers workshops:
Several training of trainers workshops (TOT)
for both male and female religious leaders
we...
Future Religious Leaders (final year Students of Al-
Azhar) workshops :
Students of today are the leaders of
tomorrow. Sev...
Step Down workshops
Where those who were trained as trainers
are conducting training programs in their
localities for fell...
The IICPSR conducted awareness
sessions for NGOs directors/senior
members and Media Personnel
who are interest in Populati...
Travelling Seminars
•A large number of Travelling/Caravans Seminars were
conducted in Egypt and different Muslim Countries...
 The international seminars (caravans) include the
following steps:
- Meet and partner with the authorities to gain suppo...
 The center received and still receiving many delegates
from different Muslim countries and from countries
where Muslim c...
 IICPSR contributed much to:
 Promoting family planning
 Promoting breastfeeding
 Promoting safe-motherhood
 Eradicat...
Monitor and Evaluation:
Different tools were integrated into existing programs in order to monitor
and evaluate the activi...
 Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
 Clarifying in a scientific way and supported by evidences the
concerns and questions of...
The exchange of views between
experts in theology and experts
from other disciplines is of
utmost importance.
Lessons Lea...
Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
 Making available materials that address reproductive health,
gender and sexuality issue...
Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
 In order to clear the misunderstanding and the sense of
hostility regarding Internation...
Empowering Supportive Religious
Leaders
Many of the religious leaders
have views that are compatible
with advocates for r...
Thank You
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ICFP 2016 Professor Ahmed Ragab

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Dr. Ahmed Ragab, Professor of Reproductive Health at Al Azhar University in Egypt presents how the university is working with Islamic leaders through it's "caravan" approach to educate and change attitudes on family planning, gender issues and reproductive health.

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ICFP 2016 Professor Ahmed Ragab

  1. 1. The caravan experience: How Al Azhar is influencing views of Muslim leaders regarding family planning, reproductive health and gender issues Dr. Ahmed Ragaa A. Ragab Professor of Reproductive Health International Islamic center for Population Studies and Research, Al-Azhar University
  2. 2. The International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research, was founded at Al-Azhar University in 1975 in collaboration with UNFPA. It conducted several studies and came to a conclusion that networking and partnership with religious leaders gives the sense of ownership and ensure more sustainable programs.
  3. 3.  In order to enhance a dialogue among Muslim Scholars, the IICPSR developed a wide range of materials and programs. These materials were developed by both medical and theology experts. By providing accurate medical information to the theologians, they come with statements that support health, dignity and welfare of the people.
  4. 4. Summary of the Activities
  5. 5. Training and advocacy Materials -Children in Islam -Roots of MDGs in Islam -Population Policies, Reproductive Health and Gender Issues in Islam. -Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health in Islam -Violence Against Children -Violence against women
  6. 6. Training of trainers workshops: Several training of trainers workshops (TOT) for both male and female religious leaders were organized for groups of theologians especially those of the Ministry of Awkaf on the reproductive health, gender and population issues.
  7. 7. Future Religious Leaders (final year Students of Al- Azhar) workshops : Students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Several awareness workshops were carried out for male and female students of final year of Al-Azhar University and different religious leaders.
  8. 8. Step Down workshops Where those who were trained as trainers are conducting training programs in their localities for fellows supported and supervised by the staff of the IICPSR and Senior religious leaders from Al-Azhar University in collaboration with Ministry of religious affairs.
  9. 9. The IICPSR conducted awareness sessions for NGOs directors/senior members and Media Personnel who are interest in Population, Reproductive Rights and Gender issues. Engaging Civil Society and Media: Sensitization seminars:
  10. 10. Travelling Seminars •A large number of Travelling/Caravans Seminars were conducted in Egypt and different Muslim Countries. Indonesia, Somalia, Morocco, Yemen, Senegal, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Darfur Camps, Turkey, Afghanistan and recently, Kenya and Djibouti. • Each seminar was attended by about 250 participants among them RH providers, community leaders, local authorities and representatives of NGOs working in the field.
  11. 11.  The international seminars (caravans) include the following steps: - Meet and partner with the authorities to gain support of the task and ensure its success and sustainability. - Networking with the local senior religious leaders. - Tailor the materials to be suitable for each country.
  12. 12.  The center received and still receiving many delegates from different Muslim countries and from countries where Muslim communities exists. Delegates from Nigeria, Iran, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Syria, Jordan, Indonesia, Yemen and many others visited the center for periods that range between 3 days and a week. Study Tours
  13. 13.  IICPSR contributed much to:  Promoting family planning  Promoting breastfeeding  Promoting safe-motherhood  Eradication of Harmful Traditions  Promoting immunization  Reduction of gender based violence  Promoting reproductive health for adolescnets Summary of Areas of interventions
  14. 14. Monitor and Evaluation: Different tools were integrated into existing programs in order to monitor and evaluate the activities: Pre and Post intervention questionnaire, In-Depth Interviews and focus group discussions. In addition, participant observation, where one of the IICPSR team attends a Friday speech and record it, then content analysis has been done.
  15. 15.  Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
  16. 16. Lessons Learned/Recommendations:  Clarifying in a scientific way and supported by evidences the concerns and questions of the religious leaders is needed.
  17. 17. The exchange of views between experts in theology and experts from other disciplines is of utmost importance. Lessons Learned/Recommendations:
  18. 18. Lessons Learned/Recommendations:  Making available materials that address reproductive health, gender and sexuality issues from both medical and theological aspects is needed. Conducting training and raising awareness of the local RLs regarding, reproductive health issues is of value. These awareness workshops should be conducted by eminent and well known medical doctors.
  19. 19. Lessons Learned/Recommendations:  In order to clear the misunderstanding and the sense of hostility regarding International Organizations and donors involvement in reproductive health and rights, the International community/donors need to inform the communities about their whole package of activities, especially in education and health.
  20. 20. Empowering Supportive Religious Leaders Many of the religious leaders have views that are compatible with advocates for reproductive and sexual health, they need to be empowered and encouraged to speak out.
  21. 21. Thank You

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