|Concurrent sessions offer participants an opportunity to focus in-depth on the most critical issues facing the sexual and reproductive health and rights community, and to develop strategies and sharpen programs that improve the health and well-being of girls and women. Over 120 sessions with 400 presenters—experts, practitioners and advocates in their fields—will engage participants in an exchange of ideas. |
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Overall Conference Themes
Investing in Girls and Women
When investments are made in the health, education, empowerment, and rights of girls and women, there are significant benefits for communities and nations. Healthy girls are more likely to attend school, to have safe pregnancies and deliveries, and to grow up to have healthy, educated children. They are also powerful drivers of development-- their unpaid work at home and on the farm contributes approximately one-third of global GDP. Simply put, when girls and women survive, families, communities and countries thrive.
Reducing Unmet Need for Contraception
Millennium Development Goal 5 calls for universal access to reproductive health to allow women to plan the number and spacing of their pregnancies. Currently, research shows that worldwide 222 million women still have an ‘unmet need’ for modern contraception. Women Deliver 2013 will explore how the global community can continue to address and decrease this ‘unmet need’ to meet MDG5, and to ensure that women around the world have safe, healthy and wanted pregnancies.
Looking to 2015 and Beyond
Of all the MDGs, MDG5 is the furthest behind. As the 2015 deadline of these goals looms closer, it is critical to take stock of why MDG5 was not reached. The time is now to ensure that the new development framework highlights the health and well-being of girls and women as a top development priority, and lays out a clear, measureable roadmap to success.
Concurrent Session Themes
Invest in Women: It Pays
The cornerstone of Women’s Deliver’s commitment is demonstrating that investments made in women’s and girl’s education, and their full participation in the labor force and in policy-making, results in demonstrable dividends for them, their families and their communities. Sessions will focus on the issues above, as well as on the commitments needed for the full inclusion of women in society. Women’s leadership—how they obtain it and exercise it—will also be explored with leaders in corporate, professional and political life.
Maternal and Newborn Health
Women Deliver and its precursor, the Safe Motherhood Initiative, were pioneers in focusing world attention on maternal death and injury. Sessions in this theme will illuminate best practices, examine progress made, and strategize about how to reach and go beyond MDG 5. Sessions will examine current research; stellar advocacy efforts; new technologies and challenges to accessing emergency care; prevention and treatment services.
Unmet Need for Contraception
A welcome call to arms to the family planning movement is underway with the leadership of Dfid and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While attention to family planning advocacy and services lagged somewhat in the post-Cairo years, women and couples have made their need for contraception known. Estimates show over 200 million are waiting for that access. Sessions at Women Deliver will focus on new and old methods, current research, social marketing, communications strategies, advocacy and monitoring and evaluation. How to best deliver service within the comprehensive quality of care model and faithful to the values of ICPD and the principles of human rights will be explored.
Safe and Legal Abortion
For too long abortion has been a taboo topic, one of the last elements of reproductive health and rights to be integrated into comprehensive health care. Yet, women need access to safe and legal services—abortion is one of the major causes of maternal death and injury and even when contraceptives are available, they can fail or fail to be used correctly. Concurrent sessions on abortion will include information on new technologies for safe abortion, especially medication abortion; advocacy efforts to expand legal availability; responses to opposition to safe and legal abortion services; stigmatization, and how to overcome it.
HIV and AIDS
Progress in preventing death from AIDS has been astounding. We will look at the state of that progress, as well as the continuing problem of new transmissions; the challenges of integrating HIV and AIDS services and education with other reproductive health services; and the benefit of integration. The need for greater attention to women who are at risk, how to serve and empower them and mother to child transmission are critical elements of the Women Deliver agenda.
There is increasing recognition that sexual and reproductive health are part of the large agenda of health for all. The health concurrent sessions will address non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, various vaccines, cancers, and infertility. It will also link questions of health system reform, health care financing, public and private insurance and health care for the poor.
One of the most important frames for reproductive health and for women’s rights is the human rights frame. In this theme area, we move from human rights theory to a concrete understanding of the link between human rights, sexuality, and reproduction. Why are sexuality and reproduction human rights? What would a reproductive health service that is based on human rights look like? We’ll look at the many violations of human rights that need to be addressed within the SRHR community—child marriage, violence against women, the conditions of women in refugee and conflict situations, sexual and labor trafficking, attacks on LGBTQ persons. What is happening, and what is being done to end these abuses?
Issues especially affecting the well-being and rights of girls, adolescents and adults under 30 are of growing importance in the world. Today, there are over 1 billion young people in the world, constituting 18% of the global population. 85% of these youth live in developing countries. The time is now for young people to speak on their needs and experiences, and inform the future of the maternal, sexual and reproductive health field. These issues and interests will be integrated into all themes, but also addressed in special sessions on youth leadership, health, advocacy, sexuality, pregnancy and parenting, and education.
Sustainability and Development
In May 2013, the world community and the UN will be in the midst of finalizing a new set of development goals, framed as sustainability goals. We will be on the verge of the twenty year anniversary of the ICPD Plan of Action, and less than two years away from the date set for achieving the MDGs. Sessions on sustainability will look at these instruments, assess their effectiveness, and also look beyond them at how girls' and women’s needs and aspirations will be met. Sessions will focus on the three most frequently mentioned legs of the sustainability “stool”—poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability (especially slowing destructive climate change) and population dynamics—all within the human rights frame.
The challenges of the 21st Century are daunting. Without faith—in any and all forms—it will be difficult to meet them. These sessions will look at the faith we bring to our work. For some that is faith in God, and for others in humanity, science, women and in those who are on the verge of assuming leadership. Faith sessions will draw on the values we bring to our work and how they contribute to delivering for women.
Countdown to 2015
Countdown to 2015 is a global movement of academics, governments, international agencies, health-care professional associations, donors, and nongovernmental organizations, with The Lancet as a key partner. Countdown uses country-specific data to stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Social Media for Technology and Advocacy
Social media and technology have transformed the ways in which people around the world connect, collaborate, and communicate. As the world has grown increasingly interconnected, it is now more possible than ever before to bring information and services to the people who need them.