What is the international community?

The international community consists of organisations who work towards a world in which people are free to make sexual and reproductive choices, respecting the rights of others, in supportive countries.

Sensoa – developer of the Flag System – asked Rutgers to support international organisations with the implementation of the Flag System. Rutgers created an international community as part of the answer to this request. Within the international community we share experiences on the needs and use of the Flag System in different European countries. But we go one step further than that. We believe together we are stronger and more capable.

Joined forces

The organisations within the international community will join forces to share knowledge and experience. And we’ll also share tools (culturally adapted materials, or for example modifications of the Flag System due to the implementation in a specific setting, training manuals and more) and means (for example translations of the international website or manual).

For example

Professionals from Spain are interested in the use of the Flag System. The FPA in Spain is willing to facilitate and has applied for a grant with the national government in Spain. The FPA wishes to enrol the Flag System within the educational system in Spain.

They ask the government for a grant to:

  • develop a Spanish translation of the manual
  • develop a website about the Flag System to give professionals information about the Flag System
  • create a ‘training of trainers’ pool of professionals
  • assist in adapting the tool to the context of the Spanish school system

The Spanish government says ‘good plan, but we can only cover 80% of the costs’. This is where the international community can help. Please read the next paragraph to get an idea of the support the community can bring.

Why participate?

Rutgers has developed the website (www.flagsystem.org) where professionals can find more information about the Flag System. This website is written in English, but has multi-lingual functionalities. This  means users can switch to another country and language if the organisation (partner) has joined the international community and has invested in translation of the site. The partner will only be expected to pay for translation of the website into their own language. The English content will be shared by Rutgers for translation. There will be some costs for the partner associated with placement of content and maintenance of the international website. However, Rutgers will not charge the contractual partner for the development of the existing content or the original developmental costs of the international website

So far we are still developing the community, so things are subject to change. We hope you can see the possibilities that lie within this community, particularly for sharing materials between different countries with the same language. You could then look for opportunities to share translation costs.

Network

Next to that we’ve created an online platform that requires a login. Here participants of the international community will share their tools, implementation manuals etc. So, if you become a member, you will also commit to sharing your adapted materials in the language you’ve made them in. You won’t be obliged to translate these to, for example, English, and neither will other members. But you and other members will be able to use these materials in your own countries. You may need to translate (if necessary) and sometimes adapt available materials to your own country’s needs, but crucially, a framework will already be in place. 

Besides the online community, Rutgers will organise an international meeting once a year, where members and interested parties are invited to share knowledge, experiences and materials. Through this meeting we can become a learning community as well.

This year, for example, we’ve created a promo-package with examples for implementation strategies, an English translation of the evidence the Flag System is built upon and a give-away card about the core and use of the Flag System. These materials can be used in application for grants or in showing professionals the use of the Flag System.