Taking Stock Midway of the Family Planning 2020 Initiative

Countdown 2015 Europe partner Sex og Politikk (Norway) together with the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Network at Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament) is hosting a conference on access to contraceptives, women’s rights, and Norway’s commitments in these areas.

The international Family Planning 2020 initiative was launched at the Family Planning Summit in London in 2012. It aims to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020, and is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. Norway was one of the countries that committed to supporting this aim. Half way to the finishing line, 24.4 million more women and girls are using modern contraceptives, which mean there is still a long way to go.

This conference will analyse the global progress to date and present the situation in three of Norway’s focus countries for development cooperation: Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique. It will present Norway’s policy and support for women’s sexual and reproductive rights and access to contraceptives, and discuss challenges and opportunities regarding access to contraceptives in the second half of the FP2020 period.

The conference will take place at Stortinget on 10 May from 10:00 am –12:00 noon.  The agenda is as follows:

10:00-10:10 Welcome by Stine Renate Håheim, Labour Party, Deputy Chair, SRHR Network in Parliament

10:10-10:50 FP2020 Global Progress and commitments by governments, donors and civil societies

Jon Lomøy, Director General, Norad
Erica Belanger, Advocacy Officer, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Central Office
Lulu Ng’wanakilala, Executive Director, IPPF Tanzania (UMATI)

 10:50-11:10 Break

11:10-11:50 Challenges, opportunities and future commitments to reach the target of enabling 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020

Peder Weidemann Egseth, Political Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Thokozani Mbendera, Executive Director IPPF Malawi (FPAM)
Santos Simione, Executive Director IPPF Mozambique (AMODEFA)

11:50-12:00 Closing by Henrik Asheim, Conservative Party, and chair of the SRHR Network in Parliament

If you would like to participate in this event, please register by May 6 by sending an e-mail to Alette Glasø Skifeld at alette@sexogpolitikk.no

 This is a Countdown 2015 Europe event in series “Advance Human Rights, Invest in Family Planning”.

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