To be successful and sustainable, development efforts
need to recognize local social and cultural realities and promote
open dialogue and community involvement. This
understanding informs UNFPA’s support to countries in implementing
the ICPD Programme of Action.
Partnerships with community leaders and institutions are
critical to addressing culturally sensitive issues, as the Fund’s
experience has confirmed.
In Uganda, for instance, female genital cutting among the
Sabiny minority was sharply reduced with UNFPA support, by
partnering with Sabiny elders to develop alternative rites that
reinforced the community’s cultural dignity while protecting
the human rights of girls.
In Guatemala, which has one of the highest maternal mortality
ratios in Latin America, UNFPA helped facilitate an
alliance that successfully pushed for the adoption of a groundbreaking
law promoting better health for women and their
families; it did this by finding common ground among ideologically
diverse groups including Catholic leaders, evangelical
Christians and the business community.See Sources