IAWG 2020 Meeting Agenda

Overview

This is a draft of the agenda for the 2020 IAWG meeting, Bridging the Divide: Operationalizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Nexus. Please note, we are still in the process of finalizing with presenters. Schedule is subject to change.

In addition to the meeting agenda, there will be side events taking place throughout the week, with most being held on Monday or Tuesday. Side events are being added on a rolling basis as information is finalized. Please check back for more side events.

Agenda

SRH Research Priorities: Assessing Progress Since the 2018 Workshops and Planning the Road Ahead
Hosted by the IAWG Research and Data Sub-Working Group and Elrha R2HC

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

This side event will assess progress on identified SRH research priorities to share information among key actors in the field. Brief presentations and group discussions will be organized around the following objectives:

  1. Review the outcomes of the IAWG and WHO priority setting work;
  2. Present what work has moved forward and open discussion of any addtional relevant research planned or in progress;
  3. Discuss how to take research priorities forward.

Please RSVP for this event.



Reaching Sexual and Gender Minorities (LGBTIQA+) with SRHR Care in Emergencies
Hosted by IAWG LGBTIQA+ and GBV sub-working groups along with regional/local LGBTIQA+ organization

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

The  LGBTIQA+ and Gender-Based Violence sub-working groups invite you to join us for a side event at the IAWG Meeting on “Reaching Sexual and Gender Minorities with SRHR Care in Emergencies.” The objectives of this event are to provide values clarification and an overview of sexual and gender minorities (SGM), improve understanding of barriers to reaching SGM, and review lessons learned and experiences from the field.

RSVP your attendance to Matthew Kusen at mkusen@ippf.org.



No Supplies, No Programme: The Revised IARH Kits and How UNFPA Humanitarian Supplies Can Support the IAWG Community to Deliver in All Phases of a Humanitarian Emergency
Hosted by UNFPA and IAWG SRH Supplies Sub-Working Group

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

This meeting will focus on the updated IARH kits and dignity kits which will become available in 2020 (including a simulation exercise), the recent work to strengthen humanitarian supplies and supply chains in the field, supply challenges for MISP and CSRH programming ,and how UNFPA can encourage increased coordination and communication with other international and national actors who rely on UNFPA for SRH supplies to implement the MISP in humanitarian settings. Please see an overview of the objectives.

UNFPA would like to particularly encourage participation of organizations who procure and use UNFPA supplies in humanitarian settings.

Please contact Desiree Lichtenstein (lichtenstein@unfpa.org) and cc Danielle Jurman (jurman@unfpa.org) by January 31, 2020  if you would like to attend the side event. Space is limited in the conference room and RSVPs will be received on a first come first serve basis. Please note that Participants will be sent around a brief survey in January to inform the meeting discussions.


Successful Advocacy: Sharing Advocacy Experiences and Creating Advocacy Strategies
Hosted by IAWG Advocacy & Accountability Sub-Working Group

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

This interactive advocacy skills building workshop is open to all conference attendees. It is an opportunity for participants, from advocates to implementers to providers, to learn a new approach to developing an advocacy strategy. Using the AFP SMART approach as a guide, participants will focus on determining an advocacy objective, identifying who has the power to make their objective a reality and drafting a work plan. At the end of the session, participants will a have tool they can use to develop their own advocacy strategies as well as a new skill to draw from as future advocacy opportunities arise.

To RSVP for this event, please email adoody@pai.org.


Collecting sexual and reproductive health indicators in humanitarian settings: An update on efforts to establish and implement standards
Hosted by IAWG Research and Data Sub-Working Group and Elrha R2HC 

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

Multiple efforts are currently underway to identify and facilitate the routine collection of a core set of SRH indicators in humanitarian settings. Informed by global priority setting exercises that have taken place over the last year, this side event will review some of the efforts that are underway to identify facilitators and barriers to routine data collection and explore avenues for collaboration between the development and humanitarian sectors. In session will include both panel presentations and an interactive session to identify, discuss, and refined priority SRH indicators.  

Please RSVP for this event. 



Global Launch & Learn Event of ASRH Toolkit for HS
Hosted by IAWG Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Sub-Working Group

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Photo: Plan International

The IAWG ASRH sub-working group invites participants to participate in a soft launch of our revised toolkit. This interactive workshop will provide a space to teach participants new features of the revised toolkit, while allowing time for participants to practice and provide feedback on the new guidance through group work, role-playing, and VCAT exercises. The side event will also feature youth volunteer engagement via group exercises and feedback sharing. The sub-working group would then use this input to make any final changes to the toolkit before it is disseminated widely to the global ASRH community.

Please RSVP for this event.

 

GBV Research Methodologies in Humanitarian Settings
Hosted by the Gender-Based Violence Sub-Working Group

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

Using Elhra’s “Gender Based Violence Research Methodologies in Humanitarian Settings” report as a guide this workshop will review existing evidence and explore recommendations and best practices for conducting research on GBV in humanitarian settings; we will also investigate the particular challenges unique to research in emergencies. Specific research methodologies and research ethics will be explored to equip participants in conducting their own research and developing humanitarian GBV-themed research proposals for R2HC and other GBV research funding opportunities.

Please RSVP for this event.


Co-creating respectful, quality care for mothers and newborns in humanitarian settings: A human-centered design workshop
Hosted by Maternal and Newborn Health Sub-Working Group

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD


In 2018, the White Ribbon Alliance asked 1.2 million women in 114 countries what their one request is for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services. Their #1 demand? Respectful, dignified care. We need to act now to deliver on these demands, especially in humanitarian settings.

This interactive, full-day workshop will bring together program managers, health workers, advocates, and donors. Using human-centered design methodologies, facilitated by Scope, we will co-create ideas, generate a cohesive advocacy strategy, and generate commitments to improve MNH service experiences to be more respectful, compassionate, and dignified in humanitarian settings.

Event objectives: (1) Develop strategies and commitments from participants to integrate RMC approaches and activities into existing humanitarian health programming (2) Co-create a mechanism for iterative strategy testing and sharing learnings more rapidly than traditional research allows (3) Identify opportunities and tailor advocacy messages to leverage other global movements to unlock funding for improving quality of care and maximizing impact.

This event is a continuation of the conversation catalyzed by the July 2018 “Consultation for Change: Respectful Maternity Care in Humanitarian Settings” co-hosted by the IAWG MNH sub-working group and the White Ribbon Alliance Global Respectful Maternity Care Council Advocacy sub-working group. It also builds on the IAWG Research Priority Setting Workshop held in Copenhagen in October 2018, in which RMC was identified as a top priority. Furthermore, it capitalizes on additional momentum generated by RMC in humanitarian settings being featured on the mainstage at the 2019 Women Deliver conference, as well as being highlighted in the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel on Women’s, Children’s & Adolescents’ Health in Humanitarian Settings, and the UN Special Rapporteur’s report to the UN General Assembly on mistreatment and violence against women during reproductive healthcare and childbirth.

Please RSVP for this event.


Family Planning in Crisis Settings: Defining Humanitarian Recommendations for the Global FP Partnership
The consultation is co-hosted by FP2020, IAWG, CARE International, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

This event will convene FP2020 and IAWG stakeholders and partners working across the humanitarian cycle, from preparedness through response and recovery, to develop a shared vision for the future of family planning in crisis-affected settings. Participants will articulate the change we need to see – globally, regionally, and nationally – in order to improve FP service availability and access in humanitarian settings. Participants will develop specific recommendations for inclusion of women and girls affected by crises for the next iteration of the FP2020 global partnership.

The full-day meeting will include three parts: (1) Where are we now? State of the field for FP service delivery for women and girls affected by crises; (2) What do we need? Ecosystem changes that would improve FP service delivery, access, and availability; (3) How do we get there? Development of clear recommendations for the next iteration of the FP2020 global partnership. The meeting will result in an outcomes document summarizing IAWG recommendations to shape the future global FP partnership.

Please email Beth Schlachter, FP2020 at Info@FamilyPlanning2020.org to RSVP for this event.


Building Meaningful Partnerships across the Nexus to Increase Access to Safe Abortion Care
Hosted by the Safe Abortion Care Sub-Working Group

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Workshop
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cocktail Reception
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBD

The safe abortion care sub-working group is hosting a side event to convene local, national and international humanitarian and development agencies to establish a meaningful partnership to improve comprehensive abortion care in their countries. The event will begin with participatory activities to frame the issue, explore values and share updates on safe abortion care in humanitarian settings. During the afternoon, participants will work in small groups to assess the abortion care “eco-system” and make a plan to improve the sustainability of comprehensive abortion care. Partnership plans will be shared during an evening cocktail reception.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 4, 2020.


Planning for Comprehensive SRH (MISP Objective 6): Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned from Planning to Operationalization
Hosted by World Health Organization/Global Health Cluster and following IAWG Sub-Working Groups: the Training Partnership Initiative, Maternal and Newborn Health, MISP, Research and Data, Safe Abortion Care, STIs and HIV, and Supplies.

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Millennium Hilton Hotel
Room TBC

Please join us for a side event dedicated to how to plan for a holistic transition to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services after the provision of the lifesaving minimum package of SRH services during an acute emergency response.

Participants in this interactive session will have an opportunity to learn from colleagues who piloted a formal participatory planning workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bangladesh, and Yemen. Their experiences, lessons learned, and progress achieved will act as a catalyst for the second half of the event, when participants will be asked to consider and share examples from planning for and implementing comprehensive SRH programming in their own work. Various technical lenses will frame these small group discussions and facilitate an exploration of SRH service integration and its implications for planning, coordination, and operationalization.

Attendees will leave the event with a greater understanding of how planning for comprehensive SRH programming has happened across a variety of settings, what needs to be in place for a successful transition, where to find resources, and what gaps still exist for operationalizing the planning process.

This event is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization/Global Health Cluster and following IAWG Sub-Working Groups: the Training Partnership Initiative, Maternal and Newborn Health, MISP, Safe Abortion Care, STIs and HIV, and Supplies.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Alison Greer at alisong@wrcommission.org.

Opening Plenary
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Sessions (Concurrent)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Day one morning session themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Preparedness
  • Hard-to-reach Groups

Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Day one afternoon session themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Financing / Resources
  • Innovation

Break
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Round-tables
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Discussion themes are listed below. There will be one rotation, so each participant will be able to joing two dicussions.

  • Sustainability
  • Preparedness
  • MISP
  • Comprehensive Abortion Care
  • Nigeria
  • Bangladesh
  • MNH / East Central Southern Africa
  • Syria
  • East Africa
  • Human Rights/ Gender

Emergency Preparedness and Resilience for SRH in Emergencies: Understanding the Role of IAWG and Other Stakeholders as We Navigate the Nexus
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Hosted by the Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Sub-Working Group
Room TBC

This side event will officially launch the Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Working Group, initiated in 2019, with the intention of working alongside and other sub-working groups to advance sexual and reproductive health preparedness efforts. It will be an opportunity for attendees to understand the objectives of the groups; trends in preparedness; and contribute to a mapping of the work being done on preparedness through experience sharing on various themes. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of opportunities, gaps and a network of preparedness friends. 

Please RSVP for this event.

Plenary
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Sessions (Concurrent)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Day two morning session themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Rights and Equity / Abortion
  • Localization

Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Demo Station and Posters
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

With a working coffee break

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent)
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Day two afternoon session themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Maternal Health
  • Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
Legal and human rights arguments for safe abortion in humanitarian settings
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Women and girls are increasingly direct and targeted victims of armed conflict, and studies show that they are disproportionately and differentially affected. Still, humanitarian policies and protocols have yet to be meaningfully interpreted and adapted to incorporate relevant human rights and humanitarian standards, including to sexual and reproductive health services and rights. In particular, safe abortion services are routinely omitted from sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings for a variety of reasons. including improper deference to national law, the influence of restrictive funding policies and international governance, and the failure to treat abortion as medical care. However, properly construed, abortion services fall within the purview of the universal and non-derogable protections granted under international humanitarian and human rights law. 
 
This panel will consider the protections of international human rights and humanitarian law and explain how sexual and reproductive health services, including safe abortion, fall within a category of protected medical care. It will also explore contemporary challenges affecting the realization and uptake of these rights by humanitarian actors, as well as strategies for legal risk assessment and mitigation.
 
Moderator: Tamara Fetters, Ipas
Panelists: Rajat Khosla, World Health Organization; Akila Radhakrishnan, Global Justice Center; Ruben Brouwer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
 

Failing Forward
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

This year, IAWG will host a new session on approaches, initiatives, programs, etc. that were unsuccessful. This session is a round-table style where participants have the opportunity to rotate to multiple tables. At each table, the host gives a brief presentation (5-7 minutes) on a failed approach. The host will then lead participants in a discussion of how challenges could have been addressed, how the approach might be adapted, learnings, ways forward etc.

This session will require an RSVP and is closed to donors at this time.

Morning Sessions I (Concurrent)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Day three morning session I themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • HIV
  • Contraception

Break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Sessions II (Concurrent)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Day three morning session II themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Cross-Sectoral
  • Sustainability

Lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Sessions (Concurrent)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Day three afternoon session themes and topics are listed below. More information will be published as it becomes available.

  • Sustainability/ Supplies
  • Government

Demo Stations and Working Break
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Party
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Leading the Way to Quality and Equitable PPH Prevention and Care
Hosted by Merck for Mothers

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Room TBC 

The newly revised WHO Post Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) prevention recommendations were published in December 2018. The WHO based the revised recommendations on the Cochrane Network Meta-Analysis on Uterotonics. More recently heat-stable carbetocin and Tranexamic Acid have been included in the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML).

In support of increased access to quality maternal health care across the humanitarian and development divide, a side event is planned to demonstrate and discuss new and under-utilized PPH medical devices and medicines and how best to expedite implementation in different practice settings.

Please RSVP for this event by emailing Catharine.taylor1@merck.com.