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Rutgers at Women Deliver

Rutgers is committed to improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of everyone, especially girls, young women and key populations, who are most vulnerable. We are a forerunner in the field of SRHR worldwide and gladly share our knowledge and expertise with others. We do not shy away from sensitive topics and work with young people to make change happen.

Ethiopian couple (photo Jeroen van Loon)The Women Deliver Global Conference is the world’s largest conference on the health rights and wellbeing of girls and women. We look forward to be at  Women Deliver 2016, that will be held in Copenhagen from 17-19 May 2016, to share our expertise, knowledge and experience and to learn from other professionals in the field of SRHR at this important event.

As lead of the SRHR Alliance we will participate in various panel discussions, side events and concurrent sessions. Please, join us at our sessions. Or come and meet us at the Holland House booth where, together with our partners from north and south, we will facilitate exciting sessions on Comprehensve Sexuality Education (CSE), Youth Friendly Services and Sexual, Gender-Based violence, safe abortion and contraceptives.

For detailed information see below.

 Side events

Just do it
Launch of the Essential Packages Manual, a comprehensive guide for successful SRHR programs for young people

Are you developing or implementing sexual and reproductive health and rights programs for young people? Do you want guidance to review your programs in line with a rights-based and gender-transformative approach? Then make sure to join this interactive side event.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 AM (light breakfast provided)
Location: Room B4-1

Learning from the first generation of Scaled up Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health Programmes in Developing Countries

In many countries adolescent health policies are in place but implementation is limited. Some countries have overcome obstacles - competing priorities, discomfort, weak capacity, lack of accountability and insufficient resources - & put in place large scale & sustained sexuality education & adolescent friendly health services.

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 am
Location: Room B4, Bella Centre

Putting the sexy into SRHR

One of the primary motivations for people to have sex is pleasure, yet it is rarely discussed during sexuality education. Instead, the focus tends to be on avoiding risk in the form of unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections. In this session we will  share experiences on creating a positive environment to discuss pleasure, how to deliver sexuality education in a sex-positive manner and play some exercises from The Pleasure Project’s training guide.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 13:30-14:30 PM
Location: the Youth Zone

Find out yourself!
Try our tangible tools for improving young people’s SRHR.

Are you looking for practical tools to improve young people’s SRHR? Don’t reinvent the wheel but come and try out the tools that were developed by the Dutch SRHR Alliance. And seize the opportunity to discuss with the designers of these tools how you can apply them in your work.

Date: Thursday 19 May 2016
Time: 16:15 – 17:15 PM
Location: Room B4/M1-2
Join the Photovoice competition at Women Deliver. 

Regional caucus of southern and Western Asian Countries to discuss the Situation of Child Marriages

In South Asia, women and girls have constrained decision-making and reduced life choices. Early marriage is a common occurrence in these countries due to various reasons including poor economic conditions, prevailing customary practices, and lack of perceived value for girls. Early marriage often leads to early conception, resulting in issues/ complications related to maternal and neonatal health. In this regard SAARC countries have prepared a Regional action Plan to End child Marriages in South Asia (2015-2018). In upcoming 4th Women Deliver Conference, Rutgers Pakistan will organize a regional caucus of southern and Western Asian Countries to discuss the Situation of Child Marriages and deliberate on strategies for advocacy actions for implementation of South Asian Regional Action Plan (2015-2018).

Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 10:30-12:00 AM
Location: Bella Conference venue (to be decided)

External event

I Commit to Deliver: Broadening the support for youth SRHR

Young change agents will present an action agenda to further improve and scale up SRHR for adolescents and youth, based on the lessons learned and successes of the SRHR Alliance programmes Unite for Body Rights (UFBR) and Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK). All participants are invited to react to the joint agenda, and to commit to actions prioritizing and ensuring the SRHR of all adolescents and young people. 

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: Blixen room at The Royal Library, Copenhagen (Only a few subway stops from the conference venue.)
Keynote speaker: Dr Babatunde Osotimehin
Please note: we are at capacity for this event. You can no longer register.

Concurrent session

Sexual and Reproductive Rights within Communities
How do individuals within various communities in the Global South exercise their right to choose their partners, when to marry, how many children to have and when? Understand sexual and reproductive rights on a personal level. Explore these questions with us at our concurrent session.

Date: Tuesday 17 May 2016 
Time: 13:30 – 14:30 PM
Location: Room B3-5

Lovey Dovey Hotel

Our so called Rutgers ‘Lovey Dovey Hotel’ is a 3D presentation especially developed for conferences. 
The ‘hotel’ consists of 11 ‘rooms’ representing several sexual and reproductive health and rights themes we address in our work. Each ‘room’ is furnished according to its theme with objects, images and a message.
You can recognize the hotel from it’s shape and color: the Rutgers logo. It is about 1 meter high. Our Rutgers Lovey Dovey Hotel bellgirl warmly welcomes you to visit the hotel for a chat on SRHR.

Find us at the IPPF booth. 
Location:  C3-081/082
Dates and time: 
17 May: 10:00-12:00 AM
18 May:  3:30-4:30 PM
19 May:  9:30-11:00 AM

Sessions in Holland House

From 17 to 19 May, as lead organisation of the SRHR Alliance, we will be present at the Holland House, located at C2-067, 068, 081, 082 in Bella Center. Together with several northern and southern partners we will facilitate many exciting and interactive sessions on SRHR. Experience the Dutch Approach, come visit us at the Holland House.

Holland House sessions

Meet our colleagues

Universal Access to Female Condoms Booth

Together with Association for Reproductive & Family Health (ARFH) from Nigeria, Rutgers will provide information on the benefits and use of female condoms and showcase our activities to increase the worldwide access to this protection method.

Location: Exhibition hall, booth C4-067
Date & Time:
17 May: 7.30 AM-6.00 PM
18 May: 7.30 AM-6.00 PM
19 May: 7.30 AM-2.00 PM


Social media

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More information

More information about Women Deliver:

Dutch Lessons in Love

We are often asked about sex education in the Netherlands, and how we have become so open minded about sex. Our film 'Dutch Lessons in Love' has tried to answer these questions.

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