Médecins du Monde will be present at Women Deliver in Vancouver, The world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women.


Closing the access gap: services for survivors of sexual and gender based violence in emergencies


▶  THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 – 12.30PM TO 2PM

While the importance of providing a full spectrum of sexual and reproductive care in emergency is increasingly recognized internationally and incorporated into policies, barriers to accessibility remain extremely high for survivors of gender-based violence. Humanitarian and medical practitioners find that the lack of availability of relevant quality drugs, heavy stigma and restrictive legal frameworks still delay and prevent women and girls in crisis from accessing life-saving care. Drawing from current contexts such as the Central-African Republic, Bangladesh or the Middle East, this event will highlight the remaining gaps to relevant and timely services for women and girls who have survived gender-based violence in crisis and explore innovative practices to remove such barriers, through medical, social, legal and advocacy action.


▶ Panelists

– Rebecca Brown, Senior Director of Global Advocacy, Center for Reproductive Rights
– Aurélie Leroyer, Gender Based Violence in Emergency Program Manager, Médecins du Monde
– Dr. Ihlas Altinci, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Advisor for Syria, Care


▶ Location

Canada Pavilion, Women Deliver
Steamworks/ 375 Water St.
Vancouver, BC, British Columbia V6B 1B8




Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health in Francophone Africa: Can We Do Better?


▶  MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2019 – 1PM TO 3PM


We are very pleased to invite you to our side event during the Women Deliver conference (Vancouver), on Monday, June, 3 from 1PM to 3PM (rooms 205-207).

25 years after the adoption of the Cairo program, this symposium aims at reviewing access to Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Francophone Africa, region often forgotten of international meetings. SRHR will be discussed as major lever of empowerment and gender equality. What are the findings, mapping on the implementation of SRHR within French-speaking Africa? How to mobilize resources? A focus will be put on committed and promising initiatives, especially on mobilizing civil society organizations. The challenges will be addressed from the perspective of change and investment actors on gender equality.


▶ Panelists


–  Ms Kareen Rispal, French Ambassador to Canada
– Ms Laurence Ilboudo Marchal, Minister for Women, National Solidarity, Family and Humanitarian Action of Burkina Faso
– Ms Alexia Carine Hountondji, Network of West Africa Young Feminists, FP Youth Ambassadors Network, Member of the Youth Parliament in Benin
– Pr Charlemagne Ouedraogo, President of the Society of Gynecologists and Obstetricians of Burkina Faso (SOGOB)
– Ms Annie Mody, NGO Afia Mama, Democratic Republic of Congo
– Ms Lisa Williams, Equality and Women’s Empowerment Division, OECD
– Mr. Alex Lemay, Deputy Director, Amplify Change Fund


▶ Location


Room 205-207 Vancouver Convention Center
Vancouver, BC, British Columbia V6B 1B8


Published on 28/05/2019

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