After returning from the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York in September this year, citizen reporter and advocate Santana Murmu and White Ribbon Alliance West Bengal Coordinator Sujoy Roy reported back to their communities and citizens of the region on what had taken place.
A Citizens' Hearing was held in Nagrakata block of Jalpaiguri with around 450 citizens including health professionals, local officials, PRI, ICDS, media and leading CSO members participating. As well as feeding back on the launch of the Global Citizens' Hearing Report launch at the UNGA, Sujoy Roy informed citizens about the global promises to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) made under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the updated Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health.
Citizens were also able to raise their voices for better RMNCAH health service delivery and talk through other issues with the officials and health service providers present at the hearing.
In addition to this Citizens' Hearing, Santana Murmu held a feedback session in her community about the UNGA and on global commitments for RMNCAH in the new SDGs and Global Strategy. These events are a critical part of the Citizens' Hearings accountability process to ensure a full accountability loop is provided, where citizens are informed and engaged in the full process of planning and decision making about their health, at local, national and global levels.
Read Santana's blog about her work with WRA in West Bengal.