An Appeal / Overview

In a very ambitious appeal, the parliamentarians attending the she-matters conference called on the G7/20 to:

– Step up their commitment to SRHR, gender equality, women’s and girls’ human rights and their empowerment to create the conditions for them to lead self-determined, healthy, and productive lives

– Eliminate discrimination without distinction of any kind, incl. SOGI

– Ensure full respect for women’s bodily autonomy and right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality

– Review and repeal laws that punish women and girls who have or are accused of having undergone illegal abortions, and end imprisonment for such acts

– Ensure the respect, promotion and protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, including universal access to quality, comprehensive, youth-friendly, integrated and affordable sexual and reproductive health information, education and services, including a wide range of modern methods of family planning, and emergency contraception as defined and recommended by WHO, while removing legal, regulatory, social and gender barriers to these for adolescents and unmarried women

– Reaffirm that low- and middle-income countries need external resources for sustainable development, and that, in view of their responsibility, G7 countries and other high-income countries, must re-commit to the 0,7% share of GDP to ODA and ensure debt sustainability, debt restructuring and debt relief where necessary

The appeal was handed over to the German G7 Sherpa, Mr. Roeller at the end of the conference on April 17th, 2015.

ABOUT / The Event

The German All Party Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development, in collaboration with EPF (European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development) and DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), organised a meeting of international parliamentarians in Berlin prior to the G7 Summit.

Given that Chancellor Merkel has chosen the economic empowerment of women as one of the key topics for the G7 Summit, the conference highlighted that sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are key prerequisites for their empowerment. These rights are essential for women and girls to lead self-determined, healthy, and productive lives. The meeting was organised in partnership with the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (IAPG), and the World Future Council (WFC).

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The conference presented a number of videos from speakers and partner organisations. The first video below is a video message from Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The second video follow’s the life of Sylvia from Uganda. This short film tracks her hopes and dreams and explores what a difference having access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information, services and supplies can make in helping her reach her true potential.

Speaker Presentations / more to follow soon!

Ms Ann Starrs, President and Chief Executive Officer, Guttmacher Institute

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Presentation Title: Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health 2014

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Ms Joyce Ampumuza, Project Officer, DSW Uganda

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Presentation Title: Engaging Men and boys for Gender Equality and Women & Girls Empowerment

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Ms Katri Kemppainen-Bertram, Senior Advocacy Manager, Save the Children Germany

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Presentation Title: A Wake-up Call – Lessons from Ebola for the World’s Health Systems

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Publications / Resources