Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Settings

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Settings

New York City, USA
Armenian Cultural Center, 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016
March 13, 2017

About the event

You are invited to a panel discussion during the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Hosted by: Reproductive Health Matters, International Rescue Committee, World Health Organization, Women’s Refugee Committee, Columbia University and Ipas

Date and Location:

Monday, March 13, 2017
Armenian Cultural Center
630 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10016

About: Women and girls in crisis settings experience increased levels of exploitation, sexual violence (including rape as a weapon of war) and transactional sex, which can lead to unwanted pregnancy. Even without these threats, regular access to contraception and other reproductive health services is interrupted, along with the family and social structures they normally rely on.

The panel will discuss policy, service-delivery and social/cultural barriers to SRH services, including safe abortion, in humanitarian settings. Panelists also will discuss measures necessary to realize global sexual and reproductive health and rights commitments.

Shirin Heidari, Director and Editor, Reproductive Health Matters
Therese McGinn, Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and Director, RAISE Initiative

Sexual and Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings: Policy, Evidence and Gaps – Rajat Khosla, Human Rights Advisor for the Department of Reproductive Health Research, World Health Organization

Impossible Nowhere: Family Planning for Women and Girls in Crises – Erin Wheeler, Technical Advisor for Contraception and Abortion Care, International Rescue Committee

The Minimum Initial Service Package as a Standard of Care: Progress, Gaps and Next Steps – Sandra Krause, Women’s Refugee Commission

What Does It Mean to be an “Evidence Gap”? The Crisis in Nigeria and the Cries for Help – Hauwa Shekarau, Country Director, Ipas Nigeria