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KIT and Share-Net at Women Deliver 2023

WD2023 is one of the largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality. Some 6000 people will attend in-person in Kigali, Rwanda and tens of thousands will follow the programme online. WD2023 will enable inclusive and co-created spaces that foster solidarity for sustainable solutions on gender equality.

By participating in the conference with 6 SRHR advisors and the CEO, KIT underlines the importance of gender equality in its work.

In the run-up to the conference, we will post about the various activities KIT and Share-net are organizing at WD2023. Stay tuned!

KIT and Share-Net Activities at Women Deliver 2023

Side Event: Thinking Outside the Docs—Non-Health Sector Linkages in Education, Economic Empowerment, Climate Change and Family Planning/Sexual and Reproductive Health

When: Sunday 16th of July, 9:00-17:00 CAT

Where: Ubumwe Grande Hotel

WHO/IBP Network in partnership with Share-Net International will host an Unofficial Side Event at WD2023. This full-day session brings together advocates, youth leaders, government
representatives and experts working on economic development, education, climate change and the linkages with FP and SRHR. Participants come together to learn about innovative
multi-sectoral and multi-perspective approaches, and get a chance to create resources to aid their advocacy efforts during the main conference

Side event: Tracing change that happens by youth: crowdsourcing the successes of youth advocates in SRHR

When: Wednesday, 19th of July, 2023, 7:00-8:30 CAT

Where: Ubumwe Grande Hotel

KIT Royal Tropical Institute, as part of the Break Free! Programme, has conducted research on youth-led advocacy in Ethiopia and Mali in 2022-23. We have documented youth-led organisations’ experiences in leading and conducting SRHR-related advocacy and strategies. In this side event, we aim to share these study findings and use the ensuing discussions to facilitate a space for youth
advocates (under 30 years old) to discuss their experiences,
strategies and good practices in SRHR advocacy. The event will also to enable youth advocates to connect with each other and foster
cross-country learning.

The session will be facilitated by Dagmawit Workagegnehu, Women Deliver Young Leader and Marielle le Mat, KIT SRHR advisor, will present the research findings.

Concurrent session 17302: A deep dive into sexuality education: leveraging digital resources, co-creating public support, and understanding public and political polemics

When: Thursday 20th of July, 9:30-11:00 CAT

Where: Theater AD12.1, Kigali Convention Center

In this session hosted by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and Advocates for Youth, we will discuss three solutions-oriented focus areas with experts and participants using the fishbowl technique, while the audience will formulate actionable recommendations for each:

  1. Co-creating public support for comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) through multi-stakeholder dialogue
  2. Leveraging digital CSE resources to reach marginalized youth
  3. Increasing the evidence-based understanding of the nature of public and political polemics on CSE

Side event: Breaking the silence on Infertility: catalyzing rights-based pathways for fertility care

When: Thursday 20th of July, 12:30–13:45 CAT

Where: Online Conference

Infertility is a source of significant health burden as well as stigma and shame for many. The burden of infertility is disproportionally carried by women. Globally, 48.5 million couples are affected by infertility. However, fertility care remains inaccessible for most in-need and is usually absent from global health discussions and country-level policies and strategies. In this session organized by IPPF and Share-Net we will share the latest prevalence estimates of infertility globally, share stories of couples -women and men- affected by infertility and discuss models of fertility care. With a panel of speakers from iNGOs, CBO’s and WHO we want to create space for breaking the silence on infertility and fertility care.

Share-Net International Exhibition Booth

When: From Monday 18th until Thursday 20th of July 7.30-18.00

Where: Exhibitors Booth #S16, Kigali Convention Center

Visit the Share-Net International booth! Over the three days of the conference, you will discover SRHR knowledge products, talk to our members and secretariat, and participate in our booth activities. We have games, apps, interviews, merchandise, and some surprises as well. Follow us on Instagram to get live updates from the booth itself!

KIT’s work on SRHR

KIT’s work on SRHR supports organisations and governments to realise better and inclusive access to quality SRH services. Our main activities include promoting adolescent SRHR, reducing teenage pregnancy, improving maternal health and strengthening HIV prevention and care, especially for key populations.

Our methods are always adapted to local contexts and respond to the priorities defined by the stakeholders and partners we work with. To achieve meaningful change, we recognise the importance of anchoring our approach in a foundation of rights, participation and gender equality and we use demand-driven, tailor-made and often novel approaches.

Some of our flagship work on SRHR: