Bergen Cooper, CHANGE’s director of policy research, talks about the domains, methodology, and contextual scores of the SRHR index in an episode of rePROS Fight Back.
“So for every policy or budget or let’s just call it an action, for every action that one of those actors takes within a year, we ask four questions of that action. We say, is this based in evidence? Is it situated within internationally recognized human rights norms? Is it responsive to need and is it gender transformative? So by asking those questions, we can look at say a program that’s intended to reach the general population.”
Included in a collection of opinions regarding the involvement of nations in women’s health, Kaiser Family Foundation quotes CHANGE’s director of policy research, Bergen Cooper’s Newsweek assessment of SRHR human rights.
“When it comes to protecting women’s human rights globally, along with sexual and reproductive rights, the U.S. government under President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence is not only failing to meet the nation’s commitments. It is actively and mercilessly cutting them back. That’s why commemorating International Human Rights Day on Tuesday is especially important.”
In an op-ed for Newsweek, Bergen Cooper, CHANGE’s director of policy research, reflects on the human rights injustice demonstrated by the 2018 SRHR Index scores on International Human Rights Day.
“There is no better day than International Human Rights Day to recognize that sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. And together, with a lot of hard work, perseverance and holding our world leaders accountable—we can see them through for everyone.”
Bergen Cooper, director of policy research at CHANGE, discusses the importance of US global health assistance and how the SRHR Index holds policy and funding accountable with radio show Reality Check on the station WURD.
“We have seen incredible gains in family planning, and in maternal and child health and in HIV and AIDS around the world because of [global health assistance] funding, but sometimes there are policies in place or there are budgets in place that actually harm the health and rights of people around the world.”
The article by Common Dreams explores SRHR Index methodology and cites Index findings that US global health assistance reneged on its commitments.
“The methodology of the SRHR Index is rigorously designed to be sensitive to and reflective of both negative actions contributing to restrictions on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S.’ global health assistance and positive actions contributing to their expansion”
In preparation for CHANGE, director of policy research Bergen Cooper’s workshop presentation, the Woodhull Foundation writes about the SRHR Index’s role in informing evidence-based advocacy.
“Let’s look ahead and move forward with collective action. We’ll highlight how CHANGE’s SRHR Index can help recommend evidence-‐based actions to the U.S. government to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.”
Photographer Ana Isabel published a visual narrative of CHANGE’s SRHR Index launch at the Ford Foundation for Social Justice.
LGBTQ news outlets Q-Notes and Baltimore OUTloud cover the SRHR Index. Originally posted by Q-Notes and abridged by Baltimore OUTloud, both news sources publish a detailed score report from the Index.
“The U.S. government’s overall grade in 2016 was a B (85.1) and a C (76.7) in 2017. During the same years, the six federal government actors that the index measures had the following grades: (key: actor/domain), 2016/2017): White House, A- ( 92.2)/C- ( 72.6)…”
WTVA, an NBC and ABC affiliate providing news coverage in Mississippi and Alabama, relays the Trump Administration’s failure according to the SRHR Index.
“In order to capture the breadth of SRHR, we developed cross-cutting issues. So each internal policy and budget from those actors … we grade each internal policy to see: Is this evidence based? Is it based in rights? Is it gender transformative? And is it situated within internationally recognized human rights norms?” Bergen Cooper, the Center for Health and Gender Equity’s director of policy research.”
Focusing on the potential impact of the SRHR Index, Devex news explores the Index’s global health assistance model.
“The SRHR index is a roadmap for how global health assistance can best promote sexual and reproductive health and rights,” said Bergen Cooper, director of policy research at CHANGE. “We hope that this is a tool for advocates and for governments alike to engage and help make global health assistance the best that it can be.”
Looking at the 2016 and 2017 SRHR Indices as a reflection of Trump’s first year in office, CNN notes a decline in White House SRHR grades.
“The index found that overall global health assistance on sexual and reproductive health and rights declined from 2016 to 2017 from a B to a C. All of the actors, with the exception of USAID, had a dip in grades. The most stark decline, according to the index, was from the White House, which went from an A- to a C-.”
In a press release, CHANGE introduces the SRHR Index with comparative Index scores for 2016 and 2017.
“The launch of the Index comes on the heels of reports of an aggressive campaign from the Trump administration to ban U.S. diplomats’ use of the terms ‘sexual and reproductive health,’
‘comprehensive sexuality education,’ and other gender-related terms that are necessary to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in U.S. global health policy.”
CHANGE president Serra Sippel explains the SRHR Index in an article for LinkedIn subscribers and expounds on the advocacy work made possible by the Index’s findings.
“The SRHR Index will be crucial in helping global health advocates — and particularly for those of us who advocate for women and girls’ SRHR — do this work. Without a tool to compare what’s being done with what can and should be done, we don’t have a starting point to hold our government responsible.”
In a radio interview for Broadcast News Resource, CHANGE president Serra Sippel and director of policy research, Bergen Cooper discuss the SRHR Index’s motives, objective, methodology, and intended impact.
“Ultimately this is a tool for transparency and accountability with our government, and it’s about giving public access to this information about how the US government is spending its global health assistance on sexual and reproductive health.”