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Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
Aberdare/Lenana

A Feminist Approach to Humanitarian Action

Of the 143 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, more than one in four are women and adolescent girls of reproductive age whose rights, safety and dignity are often violated and must be protected. This special session will highlight a feminist approach to humanitarian action as a means of addressing challenges and accelerating progress to achieve the ICPD and 2030 agendas.

Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
Courtyard 4

Transparency for Progress: Accountability Tracking Schema to Monitor Commitments and Financing Post-ICPD25

Numerous events and reports on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence programming, alongside accountability tracking, raised awareness and stressed theimportance of policy coherence and adequate action to tackle these development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. However, they often do not result in sustained implementation and resource commitments. The interconnectedness of economic policy and related SDG targets of maternal mortality, GBV and harmful practices such as early marriage and FGM necessitate engagement acrossectors for transparent costing, budgeting, women and youth empowerment, and framework building. This session will bring together a rural women leader, a Minister of higher education, two Francophone young women leaders, a parliamentarian, a judge and several other key African leaders. It will provide a platform for policy dialogue between key multi-sector stakeholders to discuss critical challenges and opportunities to advancing the implementation, financing and monitoring of ICPD Plus 25 normative commitments related to the identified issues. Participants will share broader country-level experiences, provide follow up coordinated actions and highlight the key role of capacity development for young African leaders to empower sustained action and act as a steward for policy coherence, financing needs and universal health coverage, ensuring "no one is left behind.”

Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
Courtyard 3

Self-Care Interventions in SRHR: Power In Your Hands

The recent release of the World Health Organization’s consolidated guidelines on self-care interventions for health on sexual and reproductive health and rights was a pivotal moment for the SRHR community. This interactive session will address why self-care interventions for SRHR matter to individuals and countries, and what we can do together to empower people, cultivate strong political and financial will, and build an effective and accountable health system for self-care. Participants will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for self-care to take hold as an integral component of health systems and as a critical pathway to achieving universal health coverage, which can move the needle on lifting the next generation out of poverty. This session will be convened by Population Services International, the International Youth Alliance for FP (IYAFP) and the White Ribbon Alliance.

Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
Courtyard 1

SRHR and Women with Disabilities: Bringing Two Movements Together

Women with disabilities have been systematically denied the right to free and informed consent, bodily autonomy and self-determination in making choices about SRH, leading to forced sterilization, abortion and contraception. This underscored why there is an urgent need to ensure SRHR advocacy addresses the rights and needs of women with disabilities. This session aims stakeholders from both movements, and will lay the groundwork for critical advocacy to address these intersectional rights issues. This session is convened by CREA; Kenyan Women with Disability Network; Women with Disability India Network.

Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
Courtyard 6

Partnering to accelerate women’s economic inclusion, empowerment and health

The private sector is crucial to strengthen women’s health and gender equality and advance sustainable social and economic development. This session will shed light on the business case for investing in women’s health and gender equality in the workplace - for the benefit of women, businesses and society. We are joined by exciting players from the private sector and civil society organisations who will share their experiences and existing opportunities to secure women’s economic empowerment and health, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights, in the workplace. Join us and learn more about current best practice to strengthen female labour force participation, gender equality and health in the world of work. This session is organised by the Danish Family Planning Association, Confederation of Danish Industry, Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries and Federation of Uganda Employers.

Thu, 14 November - 9:00 - 10:30 EAT
TSAVO A

Harnessing the power of cities for ICPD Programme of Action

Sustainable development cannot be achieved without ensuring safe and sustainable cities. There are many powerful urban leaders and actors raising the bar for smart cities, women-friendly cities, youth-friendly cities and environmentally friendly cities. Today’s urban areas are engines for experimentation, transformation and development. This session will bring together mayors, city activists, local leaders and thought leaders from around the world to discuss the power and potential of urban action.

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