WE ARE @WOMEN DELIVER 2016

16 May 2016
Copenhagen | Denmark
CREA @ Women Deliver 2016

CREA is at Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference to talk about Sexual Rights, Gender and Diversity. CREA in collaboration with Sexual Rights Initiative, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, and UHAI EASHRI- the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative is organising six concurrent sessions.

Women Deliver’s conferences are the world’s largest global convening to focus on the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. The focus of the 2016 Conference will be on how to make development matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health, rights, gender equality, education, and economic empowerment.

When we are talking about women’s rights, it is critical to talk about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). These sets of rights are an integral part of human rights, yet they remain the most contested and misunderstood. They are crucial to achieving global progress, yet are not fully integrated into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the new development framework.

The six concurrent sessions being organised by CREA and its partners will examine different dimensions of SRHR. These include a comprehensive understanding of gender, gender expression, and sexual diversity to advance sexual rights, engaging with heath care systems to overcome stigma and to initiate systemic changes, discussing women’s sexual and reproductive freedom in the context of forced intervention, criminalisation and other social practices to safeguard women’s rights, health and well-being.

One of CREA’s sessions will examine strategies needed to bring women with disabilities in the SDG discourse in order to advance sexuality, disability and human rights. In another session, we will explore how sex-positive learning can empower young people to make healthy decisions about their bodies and lives, and how pleasure and sexuality need to be integral elements of the human rights discourse.

Several well known thought leaders and practitioners will be speaking in the six concurrent sessions on the following themes:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Time: 10:30 – 12:00

The Politics of Sexual Rights in the Context of Development: The session will show how indispensable sexual rights are and how they contribute to sustainable development.

SPEAKERS: Kabir Singh, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commission for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Anna Rebeka Szczegielniak, Member, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Women Deliver Young Leader, Poland

MODERATOR: Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Time: 13:30 – 14:30

The Politics of Pleasure, Sexuality, and Human Rights: The session will explore how sex-positive learning can empower young people to make healthy decisions about their bodies and lives.

SPEAKERS: Priya Nanda, Group Director of Social and Economic Development, International Center for

Research on Women; Mallika Dutt,Founder, President and CEO of Breakthrough, Abir Sarras, Coordinator Love Matters Arabic (TBD),Wanja Muguongo, Executive Director, UHAI EASHRI—the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative; Nidhi Goyal, Programme Director, Point of View and Stand Up Comedian 

MODERATOR: Geetanjali Misra, Executive Director, CREA

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Time: 15:00 – 16:00

The Politicisation of Women’s Bodies to Obstruct Sexual Rights: The sessions will explore why overcoming these barriers means safeguarding women’s and all people’s human rights, health and wellbeing.

SPEAKERS:  Daughtie Ogutu, Director, African Sex Workers  Alliance; Julia Ehrt, Executive Director, Transgender Europe; Andrea Parra Women Enabled and Aquelarre Trans, Colombia

MODERATOR: Eszter Kismodi, International Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Advocacy, CREA

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Time: 10:30 – 12:00

Eliminating Sexuality and Gender-Related Discrimination in Healthcare: The session will look at new strategies for client self-advocacy and ways to engage healthcare providers in overcoming stigma in order to initiate systematic changes.

SPEAKERS: Nozer K. Sheriar, Former Secretary General, Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India; Daughtie Ogutu, Director, African Sex Workers Alliance; Luisa Cabal, Chief, Human Rights and the Law, UNAIDS

MODERATOR: Eszter Kismodi, International Human Rights Lawyer, Director of Advocacy, CREA

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Deconstructing Gender through Sexual Rights: This session will explore the strategies of the women’s rights and the LGBTIQ movements, both from historical and contemporary perspectives, and their relevance to current advocacy efforts to achieve social justice.

SPEAKERS: Julia Ehrt, Executive Director, Transgender Europe; Shereen El Feki, Author, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World; Andrea Parra, Women Enabled and Aquelarre Trans, Colombia

MODERATOR: Wanja Muguongo, Executive Director, UHAI EASHRI - the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women with Disabilities: In the session, presenters will share strategies to link women with disabilities (WWDs) with SDGs implementation and build a transformative cross-sectoral advocacy platform to advance sexuality, disability, and human rights.

SPEAKERS: Nidhi Goyal, Programme Director, Point of View and Stand Up Comedian; Stephanie Ortoleva, Founder and President, Women Enabled International; Katrina Anderson, Senior Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights; Tanzila Khan,Founder, Creative Alley, Women Deliver Young Leader, Pakistan; Andrea Parra, Women Enabled and Aquelarre Trans, Colombia

MODERATOR: Rupsa Mallik, Director, Programme and Innovations, CREA

 

The sessions are open to all. Please share the invitation in your network. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates