Share-Net International is the Knowledge Platform on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) with knowledge nodes in Amsterdam, Bangladesh, Burundi and Jordan. We combine the expertise and strengths of Dutch organisations, Southern partners and key international actors working in the area of SRHR to achieve the SRHR and HIV related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Share-Net International envisions a world in which all people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the freedom to decide how many children they want and with whom, and access to good-quality care to meet their sexual and reproductive health needs.
Share-Net International aims to share existing knowledge, generate new knowledge to address prioritized research gaps , and translate knowledge into formats appropriate for intended audiences so as to contribute to the development of better policy and practice.
The Platform’s focus is on strengthening the role knowledge can play in developing evidence-based policies and practices and ensuring that resources are used strategically and to maximum effect, among others in relation to the four core areas of Dutch policy on SRHR:
- Better information and greater freedom of choice for young people about their sexuality
- Improved access to reproductive health commodities
- Better sexual and reproductive health care (during pregnancy and childbirth, including safe abortion)
- Greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of groups who are currently denied these rights.
What we do
In each priority country a needs assessment and mapping exercise take place to identify the key SRHR themes on which to focus the work of the Knowledge platform. This exercise also guides the selection of the organisation or network who will become the country knowledge node.
Research priorities are then identified and developed and calls made through NWO/WOTRO.The central website (www.share-netinternational.org) is the focus for the online community. Registered users of Share-Net International are able to link directly to each other through the online platform in terms of country, areas of interest and expertise. The online community engages with the themes, posting and discussing relevant research, sharing experiences and advising on messages and improvements for policy and practice. The node in each country is supported by Share-Net International to ensure these messages and improvements are communicated effectively to policy makers, providers of services and other stakeholders.
In The Netherlands, overarching themes are agreed by members of Share-Net Netherlands. These become the focus for expert meetings, working groups and online discussions, with the similar aim of advising government and improving policy and practice.
Monthly international newsletters are distributed to all members and registered users updating on progress and highlighting latest news, publications and events.
On the global level Share-Net gathers and represents its member s views, advising on policy and practice at key international meetings and conferences.