Theory of Change

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

SDG 5: Gender equality


  • Governments and other relevant institutions are held to account for health and gender equality
  • Health and social systems enable equitable, dignified, and quality care and treatment
  • Health and rights of women, girls, and newborns are advanced


  • Social norms support women and girls exercising power
  • Decision-making increasingly includes and is influenced by women and girls
  • Health and social services are enhanced at points of care
  • Health and gender resources – financial, human, and material – are equitably allocated and distributed
  • Health and gender politics are amended, adopted, monitored, implemented and enforced


  • Mobilize women’s and girls’ health and gender equality demands
  • Promote individual and community health literacy and healthy behaviours
  • Support women and girls to know their rights, entitlements, and negotiate in their interests
  • Organize communities to directly influence policymakers and duty-bearers to make change from the local to global level
  • Create opportunities for women and girls to shape and share their stories for their own purposes
  • Cultivate health and gender equality champions and allies – including men, boys, partners, families, community members, service providers, and policymakers


WRA’s work is rooted in the self-articulated needs and wants of women and girls, including those on behalf of newborns.

Enabling Factors

  • Data and good practice underpin women’s and girl’s demands
  • Potential exists for supply side interventions to meet demands
  • Civic space supports individuals and groups to speak out and collectively organize
  • WRA membership comprises groups and individuals representing many different identities, sectors, and intersecting agendas

Core Principles and Values

  • Support women and girls in all their identities and diversity, including non-binary gender identities with lived experience of inequality
  • Confront overlapping forms of identity discrimination and limitations on bodily autonomy and decision-making
  • Actively challenge systems of oppression and spread power within and outside of the WRA movement
  • Routinely examine our intentions and impact and hold ourselves to account
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