Dialogue with influential religious leaders should be carried out
on an ongoing basis, rather than as a one-time pre-programming activity.
This helps to build commitment and ensure common understanding of
issues including reproductive health, family planning, adolescent
reproductive health and HIV/AIDS.
Supporting individuals in civil society and academia who are knowledgeable
about Islamic positions relating to population, poverty and reproductive
health can be an effective way to reach policy makers.
Identifying those power structures that perpetuate the status quo
and those that support change can be used to strategic advantage.
Support for change can be built up through sociocultural research,
including gender analysis.
Behaviour change can be slow in some societies. Incremental changes
are possible, however, and may be more enduring in the long run.
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