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CSW Side Event on 23 March 2016: Why sexual and reproductive rights are essential to achieve sustainable development and gender equality


As Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development is implemented, it is pertinent to recognise the inextricable link between sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and sustainable development goals including reducing poverty, achieving better health, and ensuring empowerment and equal rights for women and girls. This side event to the Commission on the Status of Women took place in Conference Room 7 at UN Headquarters from 1:15-2:45pm.

The discussion highlighted:
    •     Country specific advocacy initiatives for ensuring that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and their human rights are central in national strategies, tools and instruments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;  
    •    The role of national CSOs in ensuring that advocacy gains made at the global level during the Post-2015 discussions are sustained and transferred to the national level in the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
    •    Potential challenges and the way forward at the global, regional and national in creating a safe and enabling environment for civil society, to ensure full participation in the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

Click each person's name to download their presentation slides from the event.
Fadoua Bakhadda, Moroccan Family Planning Association
Habbibun Nessa, Naripokkho - Bangladesh
Rina Jimenez David, Likhaan - Philippines
Dr. P. Balasubramanian, Rural Women's Social Education Centre - India
Mangala Namasivayam, ARROW - Asia Pacific Region

Susan Alzner, Head of the UN-NGLS NY Office

A light lunch was served near the staircase behind the Vienna Cafe on level 1 B of UN Headquarters

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