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Sep 24, 2020 08:30-10:00 (America/New_York) Learn More

Advancing Localization Efforts to Improve SRHR in Humanitarian Settings

IAWG Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) Sub-Working Group Online Webinar

Localization recognizes the importance of local actors in leading and designing solutions that impact their own communities. For SRH actors working in humanitarian settings, localization is critical to ensuring emergency preparedness and response efforts are responsive, innovative and levering the expertise and voices of women, girls and gender nonconforming people most affected by crises.

Sep 22, 2020 09:00-10:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Operationalizing Safe Abortion Care in Acute and Protracted Settings

IAWG Safe Abortion Care Sub-Working Group Online Webinar

Safe abortion care (SAC) is a proven and life-saving intervention to prevent maternal death and morbidity and to manage the consequences of sexual violence in emergencies. Yet despite a culmination of factors that place vulnerable women and girls at increased risk of unintended and unwanted pregnancy, refugees and internally displaced people are systematically denied access to safe abortion care, often even when it is legally allowed, due to a variety of reasons and myths including incorrect assumptions about women’s beliefs, deprioritizing SAC in service delivery, and misunderstanding of the law. This panel will report findings of community perceptions around safe abortion in South Sudan, MISP implementation gaps and challenges in Colombia, and innovative use of “legal risk” as a lens to assess the legal context for abortion work.

Sep 22, 2020 08:00 (America/New_York) Learn More

The violent conflict and insurgency in Northeast Nigeria have resulted in an estimated 7.7 million people requiring humanitarian assistance and protection in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) States. As of May 2019, there were about 2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), 80% of whom were women and children. The insurgency has resulted in mass abductions, survival sex, forced prostitution, forced and early marriage, and physical, mental and sexual assault. In 2019 alone, about 3 million people were estimated to be in need of protection from Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Northeast Nigeria. The context of SGBV in Northetastern Nigeria is poorly understood and evidence-based strategies for addressing medical and psychosocial recovery needs of SGBV survivors are urgently needed. Lack of awareness about available services, stigma and lack of self-efficacy to initiate conversations about rape with health providers are some factors that can limit uptake of medical and psychosocial support services (PSS). This study documented the barriers to access to medical and psycho-social services for SGBV survivors in Borno state, Nigeria especially within the critical 72/120-hour window for CMR and make recommendations for developing interventions to address the primary and secondary prevention needs of vulnerable groups to SGBV.

Sep 17, 2020 09:00-10:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

COVID-19 threatens women and girls in profound ways beyond the virus, and refugees and people affected by humanitarian crises are particularly vulnerable. Humanitarian actors and local organizations have been adapting in real-time and finding solutions to provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care. Presenters from around the world will describe their experiences adapting to meet the needs of women and girls and share data on SRH use during the pandemic. Participants will have an opportunity to exchange with the panelists after presentations of their work.

Sep 9, 2020 08:00-09:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Zero Unmet Need: Advancing Contraceptive Access in Crisis Settings

IAWG Voluntary Contraception Sub-Working Group Online Webinar

When a crisis strikes, women and girls need lifesaving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services, including contraception. The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH, the internationally accepted standard of care for SRH in emergencies, mandates the provision of contraceptive services from the outset of a crisis. Evidence shows that women and girls affected by crises want and need access to contraception, and will use it when available. Yet access to contraception remains a critical gap in humanitarian settings.

Sep 8, 2020 08:00-09:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Innovation has never seemed so important as it has this year. In this webinar, panelists will describe their innovative work pre-pandemic as they were forced to adapt interventions to the unique circumstances of the remote and difficult humanitarian settings where they work. They will present on their use of technology solutions to improve psychosocial support for humanitarian staff, monitoring and reporting using a call center in South Sudan, a mobile app for improving maternal delivery and the skills of health workers facing newborn emergencies.

Sep 2 - 17, 2020 Learn More

We invite youth-led and community-based organizations serving young people to join our crisis-management workshop series. This series was designed with and for local organizations serving young people to address their operational needs during COVID.

Aug 25, 2020 08:00-09:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Nothing for Us Without Us: Prioritizing Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies

IAWG Sub-Working Group on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Online Webinar

This webinar was a lively and interactive discussion on adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) in emergency settings. Panelists described innovative strategies to meet the needs of adolescents across three humanitarian contexts. IRC presented on their integrated sexual health program that aims to improve modern contraceptive use among adolescents in three refugee camps in Ethiopia. Save the Children presented on progress achieved in implementing ASRH programming in Yemen, as well as where we still have work to do. UNFPA presented its multi-sectoral approach to improving the lives of adolescent girls in Syria.

Aug 19, 2020 08:00-09:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Advancing Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) in Humanitarian Settings

IAWG Maternal and Newborn Health Sub-Working Group Online Webinar

This webinar will provide the opportunity to learn more about maternal and newborn health experiences and strategies in humanitarian settings. Panelists will share experiences and lessons learned from Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria. Please join us for presentations and a lively discussion.

Aug 13, 2020 07:00-08:30 (America/New_York) Learn More

Preparedness: Who is Responsible?

IAWG Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Sub-Working Group Online Webinar

This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about ongoing preparedness efforts for sexual and reproductive health that engage communities, local governments, and providers in Pakistan, the Philippines, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Panelists’ experience will help us to consider the question--who is responsible for preparedness?The webinar will also provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss their questions and share their work in preparedness for SRH, and learn more about the objectives of the IAWG Emergency Preparedness and Resilience sub-working group.