About the Conference
This year’s theme, Bridging the Divide: Operationalizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Nexus, asks presenters to share findings and lessons learned from working on SRHR at the intersections of the humanitarian, development and peace sectors. The meeting aims to progress beyond rhetoric around the need for interlinkages across sectors in order to inform actionable next steps for the IAWG community. There are five sub-themes, listed below.
Engaging local actors is critical for the success of humanitarian interventions in order to promote more effective and sustainable programming. Shifting the centre of preparedness, response, and recovery to the national and local level puts responsibilities, decision-making and power with the people most affected by a crisis and best equipped to understand SRH and GBV needs. Despite this, there is little evidence to suggest that local governments, SRH actors, and/or women-led organisations operating in development contexts are being adequately integrated into humanitarian preparedness, coordination and response when an emergency hits. We invite abstracts that identify challenges and good practices with regard to localization and identify ways in which localization can be meaningfully strengthened.
Rights and Equity
We invite abstracts which focus on how rights-based and equity-focused programming, prioritization, or advocacy had concrete impacts on the ability of women and girls to access sexual and reproductive health and rights across the humanitarian – development continuum. In particular, we seek content that highlights comprehensive approaches to SRH services in preparedness, response, and recovery; efforts to improve quality and ensuring dignity; successes or lessons learned in reaching specific marginalized groups; and experiences of meaningful and effective accountability and participation. Please ensure the abstract submissions include specific information on process, outcomes and learning; submissions including direct links to human rights frameworks such as General Comment 22 of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are encouraged.
We invite abstracts that explore challenges and solutions related to financing for SRHR across the emergency programming cycle – from preparedness, to acute response, to protracted response and recovery. Abstracts may examine financing at local, national, regional, or global levels. Abstracts that explore financing scale-up from the Minimum Initial Service Package to comprehensive SRH services, and/or financing mechanisms that support shifting from humanitarian interventions to sustainable, locally owned SRHR programming are encouraged. Successful abstracts will share information on funding trends, gaps, strategies to address gaps, and lessons learned regarding financing mechanisms that effectively support continuous SRHR programming across the humanitarian-development continuum. Abstracts should share experiences, challenges, innovations, solutions, and lessons learned.
We invite abstracts that explore integrated interventions both within the health sector (e.g. across HIV, mental health, or other health areas) as well as with non-health sectors such as security, environment, education, gender, and protection. Abstracts may also explore collaboration across humanitarian and development partners. Competitive abstracts will share successful approaches, challenges, and good practices to working across sectors. Abstracts that explore the role of local actors and/or the humanitarian cluster system in aligning approaches and integrating interventions are encouraged.
We invite abstracts that explore successful approaches to transitioning from emergency response to more sustainable programming. Under this track we are specifically looking for abstracts that explore how emergency preparedness, response, or recovery integrated or built upon existing systems, strengthened the resilience of affected communities, and/or institutionalized emergency response into preparedness programming. Abstracts should share experiences, challenges, solutions, and lessons learned and highlight the key role that partnerships with development, peace, and local actors played in outcomes.