WLP Activities at the 2013 Women Deliver Conference, May 28-30, 2013

Tuesday, May 28th


11:30 – 13:00

Strategising for a Culture of Gender-Inclusive Democracy in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) Region
Room 409 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Once a promise of democratization, the “Arab Spring” has in many nations evolved into chaos, civil war, and resurgent authoritarianism—whether secularist, nationalist or Islamist in character. In this session, experiences from the region will be presented along with strategies to build  culture of gender-inclusive democracy in the MENA region.

MODERATOR: Mervat Tallawy, Executive Member, Egyptian Social Democratic Party; Former Ambassador of Egypt to Austria and Japan; Former Minister for Insurance and Social Affairs of Egypt; Former Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Egypt

Lina Abou-Habib, Executive Director, Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action Lebanon
Mahnaz Afkhami, President, Women’s Learning Partnership; Former Minister for Women’s Affairs Iran
Nouzha Skalli, Board Member, Institute of Cultural Diplomacy; Former Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity, Morocco


11:30 – 13:00
Faith and Family Planning
Room 402 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

In all of the world’s religions responsible parenthood is an important value. Parents are encouraged to create the family they can care for and provide with love, nourishment, and education, helping their children develop into productive members of society. Religious leaders will discuss how their faith traditions promote responsible family planning.

MODERATOR: Paul Rauschenbush, Senior Religion Editor, The Huffington Post, USA

David P Gushee, Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University, USA
Wajeeha Al-Baharna, President, Bahrain Women Association, Bahrain
Pauline Muchina, UNAIDS and Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians



Wednesday May 29th


11:00 – 13:00
Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Room 409 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

This panel will examine the ways in which gender-based violence prevents individuals from exercising their sexual and reproductive rights and ways to enable individuals to exercise these rights free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.

MODERATOR: Madhu Maholtra, Director, Gender Programme, Amnesty International

Therese Sands, Women With Disabilities Australia
Yakin Ertürk, Member, Council of Europe, Committee on the Prevention of Torture (CPT), Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Turkey
Asma Khader, Secretary-General, Jordanian National Commission for Women


13:00 – 13:25    
Cinema Corner
WLP Film Because Our Cause is Just
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center


Presidential Session: Ending Violence Against Women
Plenary Hall

Worldwide attention has been focused on the increasingly virulent attacks on women. In Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban. Her crime: advocating for girls education. In India, a young medical student was raped and murdered by a gang of five assailants. Every 20 minutes, a woman in India is raped. Since the 1990s, successive waves of murders of young women have left hundreds of women dead. In South Africa, a woman is killed by an intimate partner every eight minutes. Women Deliver is dedicated to ending violence against women. This panel will discuss what is happening, why it is happening and what can be done to end it.

MODERATOR: Shereen El Feki, Author, Sex and the Citadel

Bachi Karkaria, Columnist, The Times of India
Gary Barker, International Director, ProMundo and Co-Chair, MenEngage Alliance
Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head, UN Women
Mabel van Orange, Advisory Committee Chair, Girls Not Brides, The Netherlands
Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister for Women’s Affairs, Iran


14:45 – 16:15
Framing Identity in Context of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Human Rights
Room 304 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services around the world continue to focus on the experiences and needs of those conforming to a narrow set of ‘acceptable’ gender roles. What are the causes and implications of the failure to recognize diverse sexual orientations and identities in SRH information and services?

MODERATOR: Carmen Barroso, Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

Jacqueline Pitanguy, Founder, CEPIA, Brazil
Marcela Romero, Regional Coordinator, RedLacTrans, Argentina
Gary W. Dowsett, Professor/Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Australia



Thursday, May 30th


Women at the Table: Investing in Women’s Civil and Political Participation
Room 407 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

As women increase their civil and political participation, systems and structures improve for women and entire communities. Speakers will share strategies that have been successful in increasing women’s participation and discuss how to replicate and scale these investments in women, including how to support sexual and reproductive health and rights in the time ahead.

MODERATOR: Theo Sowa, CEO, African Women’s Development Fund

Dame Carol Kidu, Former Member of Parliament, Founder and Patron, Safe Motherhood Alliance of Papua New Guinea
Mu Sochua, Member of Parliament, Cambodia
Jacqueline Pitanguy, Founder, CEPIA, Brazil


11:00 – 13:00
Freedom of Expression and Information and Sexual and Reproductive Health
Room 306 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Some governments censor those seeking to provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and to defend rights and are not transparent about their SHR budgets. This panel will explore best practices in SRH information provision and the use of access to information laws to surface budget information.

MODERATOR: Agnes Callamard, Executive Director, Article 19, United Kingdom

Alma Luz Beltrán y Puga
, Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE), Mexico
Amina Lemrini, Member, Executive Committee, Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc , Morocco
Mae Azango, Senior Reporter, FrontPage Africa and Country Manager, New Narratives, Liberia
Kinga Jelinska, Project Manager, Women on Web, Netherlands



Plenary Lunch: Twenty Years Ago…What’s Missing in the 1990’s Programmes of Action: Moving Forward from Cairo, Beijing, Rio, Vienna and the MDGs
Grand Ballroom 2

Within the UN, the 1990’s witnessed a remarkable outpouring of transformational agendas for development. Twenty or so years later, few of those agendas have been updated; yet, the world has changed dramatically. This panel will ask some of the leaders in developing those agendas what is missing from them—what was left out when they were developed and what needs to change in those agendas to achieve women’s rights, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights and sustainable development.

Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister for Women’s Affairs, Iran; Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, 1995
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University; World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria, 1993
Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International; United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
Billie Antoinette Miller, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,Barbados; Millennium Development Goals, 2000
Serra Sippel, President,Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, Egypt, 1994


Integrating Women’s Health into the Broader Empowerment Framework (Middle East and Northern Africa Region)
Room 401 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The session will present findings from conversations at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional consultation on 26 May 2013. Discussing successes and challenges in the region, session participants will consider a development framework to improve the health of women, including women in the MENA region.

MODERATOR: Sophie Ghaziri, Shift Editor, Al Arabiya English

Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian
, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Atf Gherissi, Maître Assistante Universitaire en Sciences de l’Education appliquées à la Santé , Université Tunis-El Manar, Tunisia
Mervat Tallawy, Chairwoman, National Council of Women, Egypt
Mahnaz Afkhami, Former Minister for Women’s Affairs, Iran


15:00 – 16:00
Human Rights Defenders and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Room 410 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The realization of sexual and reproductive rights depends on the ability of human rights defenders to advocate for policy reform, provide health services, and disseminate information necessary for individuals to exercise their rights. This panel will bring together activists and professionals who regularly face interference in their work defending sexual and reproductive rights to discuss the impact of criminalization, stigma and other limitations on their activities, and explore how states can strengthen protections for this group of defenders.

MODERATOR: Katrina Anderson, Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights

LeRoy Carhart, Surgeon and Reproductive Healthcare Provider, USA
Mona Eltahawy, Journalist and Advocate on Arab and Muslim issues, USA/Egypt
Tolekan Ismailova, Citizens Against Corruption, Kyrgyzstan

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