ANSER publication 'Five years of global academic collaboration building evidence for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies'

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As a network, we consider it our duty to bridge the gap between research and policymaking, as we strongly believe sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) policies should be based on scientific evidence. In this publication you will find a glimpse of what we have achieved so far. May it inspire you to keep advocating sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide.

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ANSER meetings

2020 Online ANSER General Assembly (November 24)

2021 marks the end of the initial funding round of the Academic Network on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Policy (ANSER). In five years’ time we have grown from a group of 16 academic institutions to 38 member institutions, including 32 full members from academic institutions and 6 associated members from non-profit organisations.

These first years have helped to build our network and get to know each other, but clearly also showed the impact coordinated international research networks can have on increasing knowledge about a certain topic. Over the last years, we published scientific articles and implemented projects together; we organised Doctoral Schools and Summer Schools for Master students and many online courses, we engaged with policy makers to build an evidence for SRHR policies, not to forget all the conferences where ANSER was a strong voice around the table. It is time to look back on 2020 and define our impact as a network since the launch in 2016.
But it’s also the moment to look to the future, learn from our experience to strengthen the network even more and strategize ourselves. Think about innovating approaches, structure and possible funding opportunities that could help boost our work.

Previous ANSER meetings: click here


Joint research/projects

 By bringing together researcher from all over the world, ANSER supports academic collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights policy. A full overview of joint ANSER publications and broader research activities can be found here

Policy papers

ANSER Policy Papers - Sexting amongst children and teenagers: towards a policy that balances protection and autonomy

ANSER Policy Papers - Integrating post-abortion family planning in China (INPAC)

ANSER Policy Papers - Working towards eradicating the medicalisation of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM-c)

ANSER Policy Papers - The use of preventive HIV medication (PrEP) awaiting approval in SubSaharan Africa

ANSER Policy Papers - Older adults: forgotten in research, policies and health care practices regarding sexual violence

ANSER Policy Papers - Evidence-based doctor-patient communication on intimate partner violence in medical education in Mozambique

ANSER Policy Papers - REDSEX, the Sexual and Reproductive Health Network in Cuenca, Ecuador

ANSER Policy Papers - Making the case for better SRHR policy in Indonesia and Belgium through the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS)

ANSER Policy Papers - A new screening programme for cervical cancer in Albania: from research to policy

Knowledge clips


Knowledge clip on medicalization of female genital mutilation/cutting

That the practice of FGM is increasingly being performed by trained health professionals, is one of the major trends in FGM/C today. The video gives a good insight in what FGM/C and medicalization of FGM/C is exactly. To showcase the complexity of medicalization of FGM/C the video gives practical examples of ongoing debates around the issue. At the end, the speakers list a set of clear recommendations for policy makers on how to take action.

With this video ANSER wants to raise awareness among all stakeholders involved in FGM/C, especially policy makers, and encourage them to make evidence based decisions.


Education and training

Past Summer Schools
Past Doctoral School
Training for UNFA staff



ANSER SRHR Knowledge translation Webinar Series

Training objective: Participants develop competence and confidence to effectively reach out to the general public, different types of media and policy makers about their sexual and reproductive health related research. After the training researchers will be able to:
•            see the relevance of knowledge translation
•            Identify relevant target audiences for the dissemination of their research findings
•            Develop a dissemination plan and timeline to maximize exposure
•            Translate academic results tailored to the target audience

1)           Knowledge translation – Why should researchers invest in other audiences than academics? (2/9/2020 12:00 CET)


Introduction: Prof. Olivier Degomme (ICRH, Ghent University)
David De Wolf (Science communication Department, Ghent University)
Emilie Peeters (ANSER & ICRH, Ghent University)

2)           Playing the media – How can you use the media to get attention for your research? (9/9/2020 12:00 CET)


Introduction: prof. Olivier Degomme (ICRH)
Joyce Omwoha (Technical University of Kenya)
David Eeckhout (ICRH)

3)           Research communication – How can I convince my neighbor of my study? (16/9/2020 12:00 CET)


Introduction: prof. Olivier Degomme (ICRH)
Dr. Caroline Masquillier (University of Antwerp, Field)
Esther De Smet (Societal Outreach Ghent University)

4)           Policy change – How to convince policy makers to use your data? (23/9/2020 12:00 CET)


Introduction: Prof. Olivier Degomme (ICRH)
Olivia Biermann (Karolinska Institutet)
Daniela C Rodriguez (John Hopkins School of Public Health)