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Plenaries

Women Deliver 2013's program will feature more than 100 sessions, including high-level plenaries, concurrent panels, special lunchtime sessions with global leaders, and side and evening events. Below are details on Women Deliver's plenary programs. For information on concurrent sessions, please click here.

Tuesday May 28
Wednesday May 29
Thursday May 30


Tuesday May 28

8:30-8:45: 
Welcome
Speakers: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver and Dr. Raj Abdul Karim, Asia Regional Director, Women Deliver
Video Remarks: Hillary Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State

8:45-10:15: Plenary: Investing in Women's Reproductive Health Equals Investing in Economic and Social Progress for Everyone

Investing in Women’s Reproductive Health Equals Investing in Economic and Social Progress for Everyone
Achieving gender equality requires addressing the reproductive health needs of women. However, despite improvements in gender equality in other domains, too little progress has been achieved on this critical front. The lack of investment in reproductive health is a missed opportunity for development. This panel will review the economic benefits of investing in reproductive health, including improved labour productivity, reduced out-of-pocket expenditures, enhanced human capital of future generations, and increased economic growth. Investing in reproductive health is smart economics for policy makers in developing countries, but obstacles still exist. We will explore proven and promising policy levers to accelerate progress.
Moderator: Norman Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg L.L.P.
Presenter: Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development, World Bank
Panel
Panel
Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women 
Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head, UN Women
Dr. Peter Berman, Professor, Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics, Harvard University
Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women 
Dr. El Bashir Sallam, Senior Health Expert, Islamic Development Bank

10:15 – 11:00:  Opening Ceremonies
Introduction of honoured guests and keynote speaker: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver
Keynote speaker: Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia

11:30 – 13:00:  Presidential Session: Investing in Girls
It is universally recognised that girls’ access to education is key to their future contributions to society and their own sense of fulfilment. Enabling girls to participate fully in all aspects of family, political, and community life is critical to gender equality. The panel will explore continuing barriers and challenges to ensuring that every girl has access to an education and the experiences and rights that will enable her to flourish.

Investing in Girls
It is universally recognised that girls’ access to education is key to their future contributions to society and their own sense of fulfilment. Enabling girls to participate fully in all aspects of family, political, and community life is critical to gender equality. The panel will explore continuing barriers and challenges to ensuring that every girl has access to an education and the experiences and rights that will enable her to flourish.
Moderator
Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, United Nations Foundation
Panel
Panel
Maria Eitel, President and CEO, Nike Foundation
Maria Eitel, President and CEO, Nike Foundationmach
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World YWCA
Reeta Roy, President and CEO, The MasterCard Foundation
Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General

PLENARY LUNCH

13:15-14:30: Plenary Lunch: Role of Professional Associations in Advocating for Women's Reproductive Health (Grand Ballroom 1)
Among the most respected advocates for reproductive health services are the professional associations whose members provide those services. Beyond setting the standards that lend credibility to providers and ensuring the health and safety of patients, they also develop ethical codes of conduct that guarantee adherence to the highest standards of care. They inform their members of challenges to quality of care and translate the narrative stories of the real-life challenges and needs of women, girls and couples into measurable actions for ministries of health, other government agencies, and media. The leaders of the reproductive health professional associations will share their experiences as advocates, educators, and service providers.

Moderator
Role of Professional Association Leaders in Advocating for Women’s Reproductive Health
Among the most respected advocates for reproductive health services are the professional associations whose members provide those services. Beyond setting the standards that lend credibility to providers and ensuring the health and safety of patients, they also develop ethical codes of conduct that guarantee adherence to the highest standards of care. They inform their members of challenges to quality of care and translate the narrative stories of the real-life challenges and needs of women, girls and couples into measurable actions for ministries of health, other government agencies, and media. The leaders of the reproductive health professional associations will share their experiences as advocates, educators, and service providers.
Moderator
Dr. Jack Watters, Vice President for External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Panel
Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Panel
Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
David Benton, CEO, International Council of Nurses
Dr. Mary Suma Cardosa, Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, Hospital Selayang, Selangor; Former President of Malaysian Medical Association
Frances Day-Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
Tewodros Melesse, Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Ema Paulino, Deputy Professional Secretary, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

13:15-14:30: Plenary Lunch: Closing the Gap on MDG 5 (Grand Ballroom 2)
Progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 has been slow, but is accelerating. New quantitative estimates of need, receipt, and unmet need for maternal and neonatal health services for each region and sub-region of the developing world are promising, as are the innovative advocacy and service delivery approaches that the panel will discuss. These approaches are designed to improve access and close important service gaps.

Moderator:
Closing the Gap on MDG 5
Progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 has been slow, but is accelerating. New quantitative estimates of need, receipt, and unmet need for maternal and neonatal health services for each region and sub-region of the developing world are promising, as are the innovative advocacy and service delivery approaches that the panel will discuss. These approaches are designed to improve access and close important service gaps.
Moderator
Michael Holscher, Interim CEO, Marie Stopes International (MSI)
Panel
Panel
Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Director for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Instituto de Cooperación Social (ICS) Integrare
Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Director for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Instituto de Cooperación Social (ICS) Integrare
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Regional Director, Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO)
Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers
Susheela Singh, Vice President for Research, Guttmacher Institute

 
PRESIDENTIAL SESSION 
14:45 – 16:15:  Presidential Session: Women's Health
The reproductive health paradigm established at Cairo called for a holistic women-centred approach to achieve comprehensive reproductive health care. Over the past years, we have come to understand that broader issues of women’s health also need to be seen as part of that comprehensive approach. The dramatic increase in rates of non-communicable diseases, from cancers to diabetes, affects reproductive health. Women’s mental health, infertility, and sexuality are all still neglected. The disproportionate number of women in poverty is a further health challenge. A life-cycle approach to women’s health is sorely needed. The panel will explore these challenges, and how the health needs of women can be better met.


Video Remarks
Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services

Moderator
Women’s Health 
The reproductive health paradigm established at Cairo called for a holistic women-centred approach to achieve comprehensive reproductive health care. Over the past years, we have come to understand that broader issues of women’s health also need to be seen as part of that comprehensive approach. The dramatic increase in rates of non-communicable diseases, from cancers to diabetes, affects reproductive health. Women’s mental health, infertility, and sexuality are all still neglected. The disproportionate number of women in poverty is a further health challenge. A life-cycle approach to women’s health is sorely needed. The panel will explore these challenges, and how the health needs of women can be better met.
Moderator
Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International, (PSI)

Panel
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Barbara Bush, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Health Corps
Dr. Ana Langer, Director, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, Vice President Innovations and Medical Director, Jhpiego
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Foundation (UNFPA)

PLENARY

16:30 – 17:55: Plenary:Women Lead - Opportunities and Challenges
There is no doubt that substantial progress has been made in women’s leadership, not just in traditional areas such as health and education but as leaders in finance, government, and communications, and as cultural icons. Younger women can rise to leadership sooner. Yet, even the world’s most powerful women speak of challenges and of being ignored. This will be a lively and intimate look at how women leaders see their own leadership. It will also explore the latest in leadership theories, with the panellists’ perceptions of what makes for great leaders in the 21st century.

Women Lead – Opportunities and Challenges 
There is no doubt that substantial progress has been made in women’s leadership, not just in traditional areas such as health and education but as leaders in finance, government, and communications, and as cultural icons. Younger women can rise to leadership sooner. Yet, even the world’s most powerful women speak of challenges and of being ignored. This will be a lively and intimate look at how women leaders see their own leadership. It will also explore the latest in leadership theories, with the panellists’ perceptions of what makes for great leaders in the 21st century.
Moderator
Ghida Fakhry, Al Jazeera
Panel
Chelsea Clinton, Board Member, Clinton Foundation
President Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Yakin Ertürk, Member, Council of Europe, Committee on the Prevention of Torture (CPT), Former United Nations 
Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Turkey

17:55 – 18:00: The Last Word

Speaker: Theo Sowa, CEO, The African Women’s Development Fund

Wednesday May 29


PLENARY
9:00-10:30: Global Progress on Family Planning -- Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda 
Join Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in an exciting plenary session focused on Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The global community came together at the London Summit on Family Planning and delivered bold commitments to help girls and women in developing countries access lifesaving contraceptives. Learn how advocates and government officials are working together and making progress to advance FP2020.

Global Progress on Family Planning—Putting Women at the Heart of the Global Health Agenda 
Join Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in an exciting plenary session focused on Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The global community came together at the London Summit on Family Planning and delivered bold commitments to help girls and women in developing countries access lifesaving contraceptives. Learn how advocates and government officials are working together and making progress to advance FP2020.
Moderator
Patricia Amira, Media Host, Mandala TV
Panel
Dr. Awa Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal
Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, Philippines
Dorothy Ngoma, National Coordinator, Safe Motherhood Presidential Initiative, Malawi
Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata,  First Lady of Zambia
Dr. Nafsiah Mboi, Minister of Health, Indonesia
      

TO THE POINT
11:00 – 13:00: To the Point
A series of thought-provoking, passionate talks on the conference themes and a bit more.

Moderator: Dame Billie Miller, Barbados

NEED MODERATOR

Topics
11:05: How access to contraception improves everything
Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institute; Director, Gapminder Foundation
11:26:  Inaction on family planning in sub-Saharan Africa
Dr. Fred Sai, International Advisor on Reproductive Health, Ghana
11:34:  The world of rural girls
Halimatou Hima, Master in Public Policy Candidate, John F. Kennedy School of 
Government at Harvard University
11:43:  Responding to the unique health challenges in the Asia Pacific region
Peter Baxter, Director General, AUSAid
11:52:  Global access to contraception: Is Pharma your friend?
André Ulmann, Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board, HRA Pharma
12:01:  Solar suitcases shining a light on darkened deliveries
Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-Founder and Medical Director, WE CARE Solar
12:10:   Access to contraceptives is a human right
Kathy Mulville, Executive Director, Women’s Global Campaign for Reproductive Rights
12:20:   From victims to powerhouses: the narrative change in maternal and newborn health. 
Katja Iversen, Chief, Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy,  UNICEF
12:30:  Simple things save lives
Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO (by video)
12:36:  Reweaving the revolution
Peggy Clark, Vice President, Aspen Institute
12:48:   How vaccines for girls deliver health for women
Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI Alliance

13:15 – 14:30: Plenary Lunch: Developing Countries' Strategies Towards Reaching the FP2020 Goals (Grand Ballroom 1)
Increasingly, developing countries understand the importance of meeting the need women and couples have for contraception. A panel of government leaders will provide an in-depth look at the progress made and challenges remaining as they move to realise their strong commitments to family planning.

Moderator
Theo Sowa, CEO, The African Women’s Development Fund
Panel
Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Ethiopia
Matia Kasaija, Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda
Dr. Mojisola Odeku, Director, Nigerian Reproductive Health Initiative

13:15 – 14:30: Plenary Lunch: The Challenges and Benefits of Partnership (Grand Ballroom 2)
                                    
As we move forward to reach the goals of MDG5, the importance of partnerships becomes ever more critical. Government, industry and civil society are all needed to meet the goals and working together can accelerate progress. Over lunch, leaders from the corporate and government sectors will discuss public-private partnership challenges and opportunities, including navigating complex relationships, keeping projects transparent and winning over sceptics.

Moderator: Zeda Rosenberg, CEO, International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)
Panel
Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS
Klaus Brill, Vice President Corporate and Commercial Relations, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals
Sharon K. D’Agostino, Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Johnson & Johnson
Beatrice Mutali, Family Planning Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)

14:45 – 16:15: Presidential Session: Ending Violence Against Women
                                    
Worldwide attention has been focused on the increasingly virulent attacks on women. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban. Her crime: advocating for girls education. In India, a young medical student was raped and murdered by a gang of five assailants. Every 20 minutes, a woman in India is raped. Since the 1990s, successive waves of murders of young women have left hundreds of women dead. In South Africa, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight minutes. Women Deliver is dedicated to ending violence against women. This panel will discuss what is happening, why,  and what can be done to end it. 

Moderator: Shereen El Feki, Author, Sex and the Citadel
Panel
Bachi Karkaria, Columnist, The Times of India
Gary Barker, International Director, ProMundo and Co-Chair, MenEngage Alliance
Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head, UN Women
Mabel van Oranje, Advisory Committee Chair, Girls Not Brides, The Netherlands
Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister for Women's Affairs, Iran

16:30 – 17:55: Plenary: Innovations in Advocacy: Building Support for Social Change                                                             
The renewed effort to ensure 120 million women and couples have access to the contraception by 2020 has reinvigorated the sexual and reproductive health and rights community. However, this effort is part of a global commitment to improve health, reduce poverty, enhance human rights, fight environmental degradation and ensure a dignified life for all. This panel will highlight innovative approaches to drive social change, give you new ideas and earth-shattering insights that you can buy into, modify, expand, join, steal and make your own to ensure that our advocacy goals to reduce poverty and improve lives are met.

Moderator: Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Director of Program Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Panel
Esther Agbarakwe, Youth advocate for family planning and climate change, Nigeria
Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Nachilala Nkombo, Deputy Director, ONE Africa
Senator Pia Cayetano, Philippines 

17:55 – 18:00: The Last Word
Speaker: Hugh Evans, CEO and Co-Founder, Global Poverty Project

Thursday May 30

9:00-10:30: 
The Development Agenda Through a Woman’s Lens
We are moving toward the adoption of new goals for development, framed within the theme of a sustainable world. The goals established in various UN documents such as the ICPD Program of Action, The Beijing Platform of Action, and the MDGs – especially those related to reproductive health – are far from achieved. In some cases these goals are still controversial and inadequate for the challenges of the future. How can the new development goals adequately address women’s rights and needs? This panel will address these issues and provide answers.

Moderator: Frances Kissling, President, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy
Video Remarks: Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Panel
Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, and Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
President Tarja Halonen, Former President of Finland, Co-Chair, High Level Task Force on ICPD
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Member, High Level Task Force on ICPD
Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s  Development Fund

11:00 – 13:00: To The Point
A series of thought-provoking, passionate talks on the conference themes and a bit more.

Moderator: Michelle Goldberg, Author, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of The World

Speakers

11:03: Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India (PFI)
Topic: Feminism and family planning
11:15: Shereen el Feki, Author of Sex and the Citdadel
        Topic: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
11:30:   Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Topic: Why universal health coverage is a woman's issue
11:40:     Valerie DeFillipo, Director, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Reference Group
Topic: Effective advocacy for universal access to contraception
11:50: Dr. Nozer Sheriar, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
Topic: Why I perform abortions
12:00: Mona Eltahawy, Columnist
Topic: The price of defending freedom of expression
12:10:      Tyler LePard, Senior Digital Strategist, Catapult
         Topic:  Crowdfunding change: innovative solutions for gender equality
12:20: Vicki Escarra, President and CEO, Opportunity International
Topic: Women and Micro Credit
12:30: Ibu Robin Lim, Bumi Sahat Foundation
Topic: Save Our Midwives, Save Our World
12:40: Dr. Imane Khachani, Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, Maternity Hospital Les Orangers,           National Reference Center in Reproductive Health
Topic: Don’t just do something; simply do everything
12:50:     Reverend Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Co-Founder, African Network of Religious Leaders Living with or                   Affected by HIV and AIDS (ANERELA), Uganda
Topic: Faith, family planning and HIV


13:15 – 14:45: Plenary Lunch: How to Think About Population, Sustainability and Women’s Rights

From the first conference on population and development in Bucharest in 1974, the question of whether population growth contributes to poverty and environmental degradation has been contested. The development of a woman-centred human rights approach to population at the Cairo conference was lauded by some as a paradigm shift and by others as diminishing the financial commitment to reproductive health. The increasing interest in reducing the negative effects of climate change has opened the debate once again. This panel will discuss that debate and what it means for women.

Moderator: Robert Engelman, President, Worldwatch Institute, USA
Panel
Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Peter Singer, Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values at Princeton University
Kenneth R. Weiss, Journalist, Los Angeles Times
Alicia Yamin, Lecturer on Global Health, Director of Health Rights of Women and Children Programme, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health
Kavita N. Ramdas, Representative,  India/Nepal/Sri Lanka, Ford Foundation


Plenary Lunch: Twenty Years Ago…What’s Missing in the 1990’s Programmes of Action: Moving Forward from Cairo, Beijing, Rio, Vienna and the MDGs

Within the UN, the 1990’s witnessed a remarkable outpouring of transformational agendas for development. Twenty or so years later, few of those agendas have been updated; yet, the world has changed dramatically. This panel will ask some of the leaders in developing those agendas what is missing from them—what was left out when they were developed and what needs to change in those agendas to achieve women’s rights, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development.

Moderator: Gill Greer, Board Member, Woman Care Global; CEO, Volunteer Service Abroad, New Zealand
Panel
Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister for Women's Affairs, Iran
Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995
Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
Billie Antoinette Miller, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Barbados 
Millennium Development Goals, 2000
Serra Sippel, President,Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt, 1994

15:00 – 16:00: Presidential Session: The Development Agenda Through a Young Person’s Lens
The World We Want is not just a slogan—it represents the vision each of us has for the kind of future we need. For no group is it more real than those under the age of 30 who will live out the lives today’s leaders initiate in the post-2015 agenda. On this panel, young leaders will share their vision for the world they want.

Moderator: Remmy Shawa, International Sida Project Coordinator, Sonke Gender Justice Network, South Africa
Panel
Mary Mwende, Partnership Manager and Global Ambassador, Global Give Back Circle
María José Rivas, Director, Board of Directors, International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region, Paraguay
Saba Ismail, Executive Director, AWARE Girls, Pakistan
Ahmed Awadalla, Sexual and Gender based Violence Officer, Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance

16:15 – 17:40: Closing Plenary: Creating a Just and Sustainable World: A Call to Action
As the conference comes to a close,  the key question of equality for women and girls will be highlighted. In a just and sustainable world, girls will be as valued as boys and women’s intelligence, skills, compassion, will be as honoured as that of men. This panel will examine the barriers to equality but also point the way to achieving a just and sustainable world. 

Moderator: 
Panel
Kavita N. Ramdas, Representative,  India/Nepal/Sri Lanka, Ford Foundation
Frances Kissling,  President, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy
Katja Iversen, Chief, Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy,  UNICEF
Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International, (PSI)


17:40 – 17:55: Women Deliver Global Solution Awards for the Social Enterprise Challenge and the Women Deliver Rising Star Awards Presentations
Presenters: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver and Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

17:55 – 18:00: The Last Word

Speaker: Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver
 

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